In Memory

Mike J. Dorny

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03/11/15 08:30 PM #1    

David Dorius

Mike was my closest and best junior high and high school friend. Wow what a sense of humor and funny guy Mike was, and certainly I could never have asked for a more loyal and considerate friend to have found. Mike was a true game changer as I made my transition of moving from Arizona to Utah with my family and there is no doubt had I not met him, my whole life would have been different. All of my family loved him and welcomed him into our home as a second son. I miss him to this day, some 35+ years later. Mike did not have mean bone in him, and I don't recall anyone who did not like him. One of the shyest guys around when it came to the gals. Smart bugger too, as I just couldn't keep my grades to his level, but he certainly motivated me. Mike I will miss you forever, and while I am not a religious sole, I am spiritual and believe we all have something special to look forward to after this earthly experience, and look forward to the day when I can re-unite with Michael again. Here's to you Kung...your brother Pigg (those of you in the ole gang will understand that).

04/01/15 05:34 PM #2    

Nancy Whittaker (Ward)

Michael Dorny

Michael Dorny, beloved son and brother, age 22 of Holladay, Utah, died June 11, 1979, while scuba diving at Bear Lake.

Born December 4, 1956, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Gordon R. and Audrea Miller Dorny.  Graduate of Skyline High School.  Student at University of Utah.  Member Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Honor Society.  Served mission for LDS Church to Japan, Nagoya Mission.  Eagle Scout.  Employed at United Parcel Service.

Survivors:  parents, brothers and sister, Mark, Matthew, Christopher, and Michelle Dorny, all of Holladay, Utah.

Funeral services Friday, 12 noon, Holladay Stake Center, 4568 Holladay Blvd.  Friends may call Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Thursday 6-8 p.m. and Friday at the Stake Center one hour prior to services.

Deseret News, Wednesday, June 13, 1979

06/13/15 03:35 PM #3    

Steve Wilson

As Dave Dorius said above, Mike had a great sense of humor and fun to be around. We were going skiing the day I got my mission call. He had received his already and was going to Japan Nagoya Misison. I ended up going to the same mission one month after Mike. He was an outstanding missionary and mastered both the writing and speaking of Japanese. He loved the Japanese people. My wife and I were engaged when Mike drowned at Bear Lake. We named our oldest after Mike and we have visited his mom and dad over the years.

One very sad postscript to Mike's story is in Feb of 2007 Chris Williams and his family were driving home after dinner out and a 17 yr old kid who was drunk and high hit them and killed Chris' wife Michelle and two of their 4 kids. Michelle was also pregnant at the time. Michelle was Mike's only sister. Mike's parent are some of the best people I know and will have a special place in heaven for the pain they have endured here.

06/14/15 07:35 PM #4    

Tim Simonsen

Who remember's going to breakfast with Mike in the "BLUE FLAME"?  His awesome Station Wagon.  What a great guy!!

06/14/15 11:51 PM #5    

Sharon Hassard (Fisher)

I didn't realize Mike and Chris Williams wife were related. I did a lesson in primary today on forgiveness and played the video the church did with him and his willingness to forgive the teenage driver. How sad for Mikes family. 

07/14/15 09:03 AM #6    

Marci L. Anderson (Farnsworth)

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Mike, and remember what a kind, gentle soul he was.  There really wasn't a mean bone in his body.  And yes he was such a smart guy!  I knew he wanted to go to medical school, and he would have made a wonderful doctor.  When Mike returned from his mission to Japan, he brought me a beautiful Japanese wallet which I treasure and still have to this day.  I was on my mission in Peru when Mike passed away, had corresponded with him periodically, and of course not knowing what had happened, had just written Mike a letter home.  His sweet mother wrote me back to tell me what had happened, and I was so shocked and sad for several days after hearing the news.  I didn't know either that they were the parents of Michelle Williams, so my heart breaks for the pain they've had to endure.  I wish I could have seen Mike again after my mission, but I know I'll get to hug him again one day in the future.   

07/31/15 01:25 PM #7    

Jay A. Jensen

Mike, Ron Inglby and I took scuba diving lessons from Barry Fitzgeralds older brother at the YMCA. We loved it.   Bear Lake certification was a great adventure for a bunch of 17 year olds. Had those 8 tracks going the whole time! Mike while shy had a sophisticated sense of humor. His delivery, head held down just slightly was cool and endearing. I've had a Bear Lake place for decades. I've walked a lot of dogs on those shores. The spot Mike died is straight across the lake from me, I thank god I wasn't on that dive. What a tough deal for Ron.  I think of Mike often, looking across the lake, his image frozen in time.

Remember that cool old pickup he had? The one with the metal sun visor! Man I'd love to restore that. The ride was rough bumpy, dust flying everywhere, finding the gears was an adventure! I'd name it after him if I could find it!!


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