Author Dorris


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Author Dorris. Author died at his home of natural causes at the age of 91 1/2, on Jan. 27. He was born July 27 in 1929, to Albert and Althea Dorris in Springfield, Tenn.

At the age of 17, he joined the Navy, and, upon discharge on Oct. 2, 1950, stayed on the West Coast, as he put it, “too broke to go home.”

After several jobs around the Bay Area, he found himself in Redding, Calif., starting his own company, Apex Fencing Inc., as a highway safety and guardrail company. Starting out very small, he grew it into the best and largest on the West Coast. While in Redding, his favorite pastimes were bass fishing and house boating on Shasta Lake. His favorite form of traveling was his motor home.

Enjoying semi-retirement in 1989, he moved with his family to De Smet, S.D. He thoroughly enjoyed his time and friendship forged over fishing, hunting, and especially playing rattle with Dale, Jim and Bob.

Sharing in his joy of life was his wife, Bonnie; son, Author Dustin; two stepchildren, Scott (Wendy) Salter of Benson, Ariz. and Kyle (Amy) Salter of De Smet, S.D.; grandchildren, David Parmer of Anderson, Calif., Micah (Ashli) Parmer of Cottonwood, Calif., and Rocklin and Reece Salter of De Smet, S.D.

Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers and one sister.

His most considerable legacy left behind will be his passion for his friends and family, whom he loved more than he could express.