Earl Dorius, age 75, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 11, 2022. He fought a hard battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born March 26, 1947, in Salt Lake City to Earl Nelson and Ruth Damron Dorius. His childhood was spent living in Salt Lake City, UT, Falls Church, VA and Westwood, CA where he graduated from University High School in 1965.
Earl had a deep love of music, especially singing, playing guitar, and saxophone. He performed with many bands and singing groups, one of which was ‘The Missionaires’ while serving in his beloved Central British LDS Mission. His love for music continued throughout his entire life, passing it down to his children and grandchildren.
Earl married his childhood sweetheart, Kathy, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 4, 1968. She preceded him in death in July 2008. Together they raised four daughters and two sons.
Earl graduated from the University of Utah Law School in 1973. He worked as a law clerk at the AG’s Office before becoming an Assistant Attorney General. Earl was best known for prosecuting high profile cases, including those of convicted killer Gary Gilmore and the Hi Fi Shop Murders. Simultaneously, he served as president of the NAEO. He later accepted a job providing legal counsel for the DABC.
Earl enjoyed fishing, music, art, traveling, England, and all things Disney. He had a prized Dickens Villages Collection and was a loyal fan to the Utah Jazz. The thing he enjoyed the most was gathering with his family.
Earl was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in many ward and stake callings including High Council, Gospel Doctrine and Nursery.
He is survived by his six children, Jennifer Allen (Scott), Dawn Hall (Aaron), Ashley Marsee (Robert), Amanda Hatch (Brett), Josh Dorius (Megan), Adam Dorius, his 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his eternal companion Kathy, his parents and sister Carole.
A viewing will be held at the Draper Meadows 6th Ward Building located on 420 East and Stokes Ave. in Draper on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held the following day, Friday, September 16th in the same location at 11:00 AM (visitation from 9:30 -10:30 AM).
We love you, Dad! You’re so handsome.
The service will be livestreamed at the following link: