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Pastoral Council Thanks Don Dorres

The parish council recognizes Don Dorres for his volunteer service to St Francis of Assisi.  Don is a true north westerner, he grew up in Portland Oregon and attended Central Catholic High School, the University of Portland and received a master degree from Seattle University. He is a Navy veteran having joined the service in January 1946 and spent 2 years faithfully defending our country.  In 1952, Don married the love of his life, Sue also a true north westerner, they met at the Madeline in Portland.  

Don DorresIn 1954, they moved to St Francis, and over the years were blessed with 6 children. Don has been a member of the Parish Council and served as president in 1971.  He spent many hours cleaning up and maintaining the grounds of the parish convent that was located on the shore of Lake Burien. He is also a past member of the Holy Names group.  After the race riots of the 1970s, Don  got involved in the Community and was a leader in creating the Highline Council for Racial Equality. He retired from Boeing in 1971.

There are many fond memories of pulling the camper around the United States enjoying camping trips with the family. Don has spent many hours skiing the slopes of the Cascades and still chases a golf ball around the many courses available to him. Men's retreat at the Palisades were always enjoyable and spiritual rewarding.

Don's favorite quote is "How can I keep from singing?" and if you know him, you know this to be true.  Don can be seen in the 8 AM mass choir and can belt out a tenor with the best of them.  He is a member of the Community Choir, Choral Sounds Northwest and Silver Sounds. Singing and walking are an outlet that removes the daily stress and strains of life and allows him to enjoy Gods beauty.

He is member of the St Vincent de Paul Society serving 25 years and is an Honorary Life member of the Knights of Columbus and continues to add to his 50+ years of service. Don loves being part of the church and was thrilled and honored when asked to be a Eucharistic Minister and the Wednesday morning lecture.  Don has always thoughtful and helpful of others, noting their needs. He is fond of the Easter liturgy and finds this to be spiritual uplifting and motivating.

When asked how to motivate others to become active, just keep asking. Don has been asked to join the organizing committee of the 50+ club.

Don Dorres we honor you for your love, commitment and selfless giving to all of us at St Francis. Please keep sharing your voice for all of us to enjoy.  We want you to know how much we appreciate all you give each and every day. Thank you for providing the true spirit of God with a loving and giving heart.  God Bless you.

 St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council



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