The world lost a bright light when Harold “Art” Dorl passed peacefully on August 29, 2021, after a short illness.
Art was born on February 6, 1947, in Keyport, New Jersey, to Harold and Ola Dorl. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and brother-in-law Bill Sifers and Bill’s daughter Danielle Dunn. Also surviving are sisters Cindy (Fred) Bonhamer and Martha (Everett) Feight, and brother David (Cyndi) Dorl. He also leaves cousin Harry (Norine) Roberts, goddaughter Robin Roberts, and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Art loved life from his early days in Keyport where he and best buddy Bob Sproul somehow survived their antics from nursey school through high school. He was proud to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and enjoyed playing football and trombone in the high school band. After high school, Art attended electronics school and then joined the US Air Force and was stationed at McClellan AFB. His life changed in 1969 when he met Sharon. One year later they were married and enjoyed life, love, and adventure for the next 51 years.
After leaving the service as a Staff Sergeant, Art worked for Computer Hardware and Systems Integrators in Sacramento where he designed computer interface boards. Following a short stint as a private computer consultant, he bought into Capitol Computer Systems, a local computer retailer. With his partners, the company grew to multiple locations and got the attention of a Bay Area retailer, and the two entities merged. He again took to independent consulting until 1996, when he joined Sharon as a Computer Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He specialized in computer forensic examinations and truly loved his job.
Following his last retirement in 2006, Art and Sharon continued to join friends and travel extensively. He particularly loved South Lake Tahoe, Sunriver, and Bodega Bay. Art loved family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving where frequently 20 would be gathered round his table. He delighted in family stories of Keyport and beyond. He loved helping young people, to including showing young men in the family how to carve a turkey. The Dorl house was the site of numerous chili feeds for the neighborhood, with Art kibitizing over whose chili was the best. And he was quick with a quip or pun.
Art was the warmest, kindest, most loyal friend to all. When Art liked you, you became family, not just friends, and he could be counted on to lend a helping hand or caring ear, whatever you needed.
Art promised “to never grow up” and kept that promise. His joy of life was contagious; he made you smile and laugh. So in honor of Art, love your country, be kind to one another, laugh every day, and never grow up.
Art loved the beauty and serenity of Lake Tahoe, so in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the El Dorado Community Foundation for the Caldor Fire Fund. Donation information is at the website eldoradocf.org or checks can be mailed to El Dorado Community Foundation, P O Box 1388, Placerville, CA 95667 in Art's Memory.
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