Dorothy Loraine (Marker) Dobson
March 7, 1934 – November 21, 2016
Dorothy Loraine (Marker) Dobson, of Sierra Madre, California passed away on November 21, 2016, at the age of 82 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Nezperce, Idaho to Jim and Fern (Roupe) Marker on March 7, 1934.
Dorothy was a loving mother to Jim Dobson of Los Angeles, CA, Cathy (Dobson) Giardina of South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Carol (Dobson) Zubrin of Sierra Madre, CA. She was also cherished by her three grandchildren Carina Giardina, Frankie Giardina and Jake Zubrin. Funeral services and interment will be at Nezperce cemetery in Dorothy’s hometown of Nezperce, Idaho on January 7, 2017 at 2pm.
Dorothy was valedictorian of her high school class in Nezperce and with the help of a scholarship from the Miss America pageant (Miss Lewiston County), attended Nursing School in Spokane, Washington. While working as a nurse in Oakland, CA Dorothy met and married W James Dobson. Dorothy and Jim were married in South Lake Tahoe and later built their dream home on Balboa Drive in the Tahoe Keys. When Tahoe became their permanent residence in 1976, Dorothy became very active in the community serving as President of the Tahoe Keys Homeowners Association. Dorothy always kept her nursing license and when she and Jim separated and she moved to Southern California she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from CSU Long Beach which enabled her to pursue a career in medical research. Dorothy retired at the age of 78 after spending over 25 years as a Clinical Research Technician, working with doctors and patients across the country.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Fern Marker, stepmother Connie Marker, daughter Diane Denise Dobson, and W James Dobson.
To honor her memory, the family welcomes donations in Dorothy’s name to any of the many cancer research organizations that are working to find cures for Breast Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer.