Gordon Ralph Dorny

December 31, 1929 ~ August 5, 2020


Aug. 12, 2020
Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary

Gordon Ralph Dorny, 90, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday August 5, 2020 with his family by his side. Heaven has gained a kind-hearted, hardworking, and wonderful, loving man.

Gordon was born on December 31, 1929 in Salt Lake City, to Otto and Emilie Dorny, and was the youngest of 10 children. Gordon grew up on the banks of the Jordan River in the Pioneer Stake. During his youth, he developed a love for nature that drove the various hobbies he enjoyed throughout his life including pigeon raising, bird watching, star gazing, rock hunting, motorcycling, boating, skiing, fishing, and photography. Gordon also became the consummate handyman. He was always working on a project, under the car making repairs, or helping family members and friends repair or refurbish items in their homes. He cherished the family cabin he built in Big Cottonwood Canyon, which has been the center of many family activities over the years. He attended South High School and earned a Metallurgical Engineering degree from the University of Utah. He served in the US Army in Europe and spent over forty years in the mining industry, working for Kennecott Copper and Barrick Gold. He married the love of his life, Audrea Miller Dorny, on November 19, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple, and they spent the next 68 years enjoying a beautiful life together. They were blessed with five children and eighteen grandchildren, whom Gordon loved dearly. His posterity will be forever grateful for the important things Gordon has taught them, including his love of nature and the names of trees, birds, stars, and the mountains of Utah.

Gordon loved his Heavenly Father and Savior and faithfully served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including a full-time mission in the Great Lakes Mission.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his son, Michael, his daughter, Michelle, and two of his grandchildren, Benjamin and Anna. He is survived by his loving wife, Audrea, three sons and their spouses, Mark (Patrizia) Dorny, Matt (Nancy) Dorny, C.J. (Megan) Dorny, son-in-law, Chris (Mikkel) Williams, and his grandchildren, Michael, Sam, Parker, Arli, Emma, Caroline, Tim, Kate, Emilie, Mike, Jane, Matt, Anna, Logan, Hailey, and Samantha.

Due to the Covid pandemic, a memorial service for family members will be held on Wednesday, August 12th, at Larkin Sunset Gardens. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens.


Dear Andrea, We share in the sorrow that you are experiencing. Gordon always took time to help and inspire others. We are happy to have known someone so kind and caring. The future will be challenging for the immediate family. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May your family feel so inspired by his legacy to continue on with courage, strength and good health. Love Tom & Joyce

- Tom @ Joyce Hagerman
Congratulations to dear sweet Gordon who has graduated with honors. He was truly a loving man without guile and a rock for all of you. Our hearts are filled with love for Audry and all the family for your loss of his daily companionship for a while. You all have been through so much together and it is a great comfort to know that he has been welcomed by dear Michael, Michele, Benjamin, Anna and many other loved ones into great happiness. At this point it makes all of us realize that every day here is also a great gift that we should not take for granted. Carol Dawn and I hope to visit with you once again in future days. Her broken neck early last year canceled our plans of reunion that we had looked forward to. Charles and I love you all and our prayers will continue to be with you in coming days. Love, Cousin Connie and Charles Evans

- Connie Evans
My heart us aching for you Audrea. I loved Gordon, and we will miss him,, but you will miss him more than you will know. You are so fortunate that you and Gordon had such a long time love. Be happy for him,and sorry for you. Love, Bobbie

- Barbara (Bobbie) Baxter Christy