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On Friday, March 29th, 2019, Robert Wilson Dorsey, loving husband and father passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved-ones due to complications from a fall.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years Carole Jean, daughter Sandra (John), sister Sharon, grandson Justin, stepchildren Allen, Bill (Linda), Dawn Alys (Michael), Stephanie (John). Step-grandchildren Whitney, Sydney, Anastasiya, Christine, Briana, Jesse, Kristian, Camden and great-grandchildren Olivia and Kingsley.
Born in Los Angeles on January 27, 1939 to Nealy Dorsey and Naomi (Peck), Robert went to school and lived in San Diego. You could often find him surfing with his younger brother Charles (Chuck). As a young boy Robert spent precious time fishing with his dad off the Pacific Beach pier. His dad passed when Robert was only 12 years old. He didn’t see his brother or sister again until they reunited in his mid-forty’s. He became a father at 30 years old and moved to Minnesota at 32 to be close to his only child, Sandra Renee Dorsey. He made a commitment to live a better life and became sober at 35 and never looked back staying dry for 45 years. The friendships he made in Alcoholics Anonymous have lasted his lifetime. He enjoyed camping and water sports with his many friends while in Minnesota.
In 1982 he and Sandra moved back to the San Diego area where Robert met the love of his life, Carole Jean Tatomer (Jones) while attending insurance school for NCOA at Camp Pendleton. This meeting was love at first sight. They started dating in March 1983. He and Sandra later joined households with Carole, Dawn Alys and Stephanie in Del Mar until the girls moved to Holladay, UT in 1985.
Robert went back to driving semi’s across country and did so for numerous companies over the years, and in the 90’s he and Carole bought a semi-truck and trailer at which time was brokered through Pride Transport. He continued to drive until 2015 after close to 40 years of being a “trucker”. He was a trucker and proud of it! He and Carole were able to experience together taking numerous drives across county during the Fall season. His passion was the road and the places he would see.
Robert was known for his infectious smile, an incredible sense of humor and being a kind and gentle man. He loved his family, and loved his Carole Jean above all else. They were best friends who experienced a deep and enduring love that will last a life-time and beyond. Robert spent the best years of his life in Utah yet always made sure to take his bride to the beaches of California and Hawaii as well as seeing many beautiful places in the United States and Canada.
Robert lived a full life of love, laughter and family. He was a father not only to his daughter Sandra but also the children with whom he shared a majority of their lives, Allen, Bill Jr., Dawn Alys, and Stephanie along with their spouses and children. His presence will be greatly missed yet we know he will forever be a guardian angel to us all. Rest in peace Robert, husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend.