Arthur Samuel "Art" Doran

January 29th, 1919 ~ April 18th, 2013

Arthur S. "Art" Doran, Bellevue, WA, passed away peacefully in the evening of April 18, 2013. After an unexpected and short two week illness, he succumbed to a pulmonary embolism, a consequence of metastasis cancer. A sweet dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather he was surrounded and comforted by a loving family and special friends throughout.
At 94, Art was still active, speedy with his walker, full of fun and got great pleasure in telling his special jokes whenever he found an open ear. His good humor never wavered. He will be forever remembered and sorely missed.
A move in Nov. 2011 from Vancouver, WA to Bellevue with his wife, Kay, was a significant choice to be near his family sharing many happy holidays and special occasions.
Art was born in San Francisco and raised in Toppenish and Yakima, WA by his parents Mary Ellen (Stone) and Edmond Leonard Doran.
An avid outdoor sportsman, he enjoyed years of hunting and fishing, being especially adept at fly casting for trout in the waters of Washington, Montana and Alaska. Among his hunting trophies were a high mountain goat and a black bear. Many bird hunting trips were with his talented mother who taught him how to shoot and handle guns safely. He was a fearless skier on the mountains of Washington.
Art's enjoyment and success of his practice of dentistry, teaching and military service were most evident throughout his life. Art graduated from Yakima High in 1938, attended Yakima Jr. College, WSU and graduated from North Pacific Dental School Portland, OR in 1943 with his DMD degree.
During WII, as a 1st Lt. Army Reserve, his first duty was on a troop ship bound for Italy. Interestingly, he had worked on this ship, built at the Portland Shipyards while attending dental school. He returned to Ft. Lewis, WA in 1945 and was discharged from the Army in 1946. During that time he met Kathryn N. "Kay" Small of Olympia. Their love for one another bloomed into their marriage on January 25, 1947 in Olympia. Over the years their family added 4 wonderful children.
Recalled back to active duty in 1949 (Korean conflict) Art transferred to the USAF Dental Services as a Capt. to begin an Air Force military career. The first assignment was at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas and after 30 years service the final assignment was at Barksdale AFB Shreveport, LA where he retired in 1970 as a Colonel. Many interesting tours of duty included taking the family to Guam, Japan, and Air Bases in Alabama, Louisiana, Kansas, Oregon and Washington State. During this time he also attended Post Graduate courses at the Illinois Dental School at Chicago and Texas Dental School Houston 1959 qualifying him Board Certified in Prosthodontics.
After Air Force retirement, Art taught at University of Washington, Prosthodontics Dept. for one year then transferred to EWSU Cheney, WA as Assist Professor for the 4 year Dental Hygiene Program. His students truly enjoyed him, appreciating his full attention and readiness to help. He practiced Prosthodontics in Spokane until retiring in1984.
In 1999, Art and Kay moved to Vancouver, WA then on to Bellevue in 2011.
No matter where Art went or what he did, he thoroughly enjoyed his life, his friends and taking good care of his dear family. He gave many smiles to all.
Art was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental fraternity and in 1961 was given a National Historian's Award. He was a Life member of ADA; WSDA; Spokane Dental Society; Military Officer's Assoc. of America and belonged to Spokane Fly Fishing Club.
Art is survived by his beloved wife, Kay; Daughter, Gretchen (fiancé, Joseph); Sons, Lenn (Nancy), Phillip and Gregory; Grandchildren, Erik Doran, Joel Kern (friend Donna); Justin Kern, Jillian Skillman (Jeffrey); Gracie Johnson (Chris), Annie Doran.(fiancé, Shaunte); Great-grandchildren, Jace and Jordin Skillman; and former daughter-in-law, Laney Doran,
A Military Honor Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11:15 a.m. at the Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA.
There will be "A Celebration of Life" Reception on Sunday, June 30, 2013 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Bellevue Hilton Hotel, 300 112th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004.
If any memorial donation is desired, please give to your favorite charitable organization.
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Published in The Columbian on June 19, 2013