Clayton G. Dorr, obituary
THOMASTON — Clayton G. Dorr, 87, died peacefully at home with his wife Jan and son Rene at his side, following a brief illness, Sunday, November 12, 2023.
Born in Milbridge, January 16, 1936, he was the son of Warren K. and Lucretia Crocker Dorr. Educated locally, he moved with his family at the age of 10 to Rockland where he grew up and attended Rockland School. Graduating in 1954, Clayton, along with two other classmates, Dan Flanagan and Ben Perry, enlisted immediately in the U.S. Military.
Clayton served in the U.S. Air Force for over 27 years, retiring with the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
After marrying the love of his life, Janice L. Hall, he and his family made 15 moves over the course of his career. Jan and Clay were married for 63 years. After retiring from the Air Force, Clayton and Janice made their home in Thomaston. A proud veteran, he never left the house without his ‘Retired Air Force’ cap on his head. His family remembers that when serving Clayton never once took a sick day, he showed up every day, and worked hard.
No matter where he was stationed, Clayton found a way to enjoy the outdoors and all the adventures it had to offer. Whether serving as a guide in Newfoundland, going snowmobiling, hunting or just moving snow from the driveway, he loved everything each region of the country had to offer. Even well into his 80s Clayton could be found snow blowing the driveway, always managing to get it done just before his son arrived with a snowplow.
Never one to be idle, he worked for several years after ‘retiring’ for BAE as a field engineer. He was an active and faithful member of Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church. He served as a deacon for many years, and took on countless projects from fixing doors, changing lightbulbs, as well as many other facilities projects. He loved to stay busy and be helpful.
His family was his number one priority, and he loved spending time with them. Especially his grandchildren, who all always took to him quickly and easily. Traveling with his wife was another favorite pastime, and together they enjoyed many trips to places like, Ireland, Newfoundland, on river cruises and many outings in the States.
Clayton’s bright smile, and easy-going attitude will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Clayton is survived by his loving wife, Janice Dorr of Thomaston; his daughter, Alicia Lyons and her husband John of Suffolk, Virginia; his son, Rene Dorr and his wife Ann of Thomaston; his grandchildren, Amanda Lyons, Zachary Lyons and his wife Erin, Nicole Lyons, Coby Dorr, Sara Dorr; and his great-grandchildren, Pierce, Sawyer and Camden Lyons; his brother Alonzo Dorr and his wife Judy of Rockland; his sister Beverly Crane of Florida, Becky Gamage and her husband Bruce of Union; as well as many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Warren Dorr, Jr.; a sister, Marie Thurston and her husband Ronald; and a brother-in-law, Dr. Frank Crane.
Friends and family are invited to visit Monday, November 20, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 11 a.m., at Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, 1 Waldo Avenue, Rockland.
To share a memory or condolence with the Dorr family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com