Leonard J. Dormody

The Mountain Democrat

April 25, 1938


Last Rites on Wednesday for Pioneer County Native, Former Peace Officer

The funeral services for Leonard J. Dormody, 74, a native of the Green Valley District, who died Saturday night at a hospital in Monterey, were held on Wednesday at ten o'clock from Memorial Chapel, in Placerville. Burial was at Union Cemetery.

The announcement of Mr. Dormody's passing was received Sunday morning by former Sheriff and Mrs. Charles E. hand, from the family, all of whom were at the bedside at Monterey.

Mr. Dormody had suffered a partial stroke of paralysis about two weeks ago and had been confined to bed at his home. There, he was attended by Dr. A. A. McKinnon and by his sons, Drs. Hugh and Horace Dormody.

Mr. Dormody had felt if he could spend a few weeks at Monterey, his condition might improve and so, as soon as his strength permitted, he was removed to the hospital operated by his sons at Monterey. This was on Wednesday of last week.

A son of pioneer parents who came to California and operated a store at Coloma in 1850, Mr. Dormody was born in the Green Valley district, to which place the family had, subsequently removed.

There his father owned a large acreage and operated a store as well. Upon attaining manhood, Mr. Dormody engaged in railroading for several years, later operating a butcher business at Mills Station. Subsequently, he operated a grocery business in Placerville and then turned to mining.

This work was followed by a period of eighteen years in public service as a deputy sheriff, two years under Sheriff Bosquit, six years for Sheriff Cook and ten years for Sheriff Hand and upon conclusion of this work he owned and operated the feed and fuel business which he subsequently sold to Charles Clifton.

Since the sale of this business a number of years ago, Mr. Dormody had engaged in the operation of a mine in the five-mile district above Placerville in behalf of his sons.

Recent changes in the sheriff's office and the increase of official business in that office as a result of the investigation of highgrading in the county led to Mr. Dormody's being appointed a special deputy sheriff to assist Sheriff George M. Smith. He was engaged in this work at the time he suffered the stroke.

Mr. Dormody had the esteem and respect of a wide circle of friends throughout the county, the result of a lifetime of acquaintance during which the many excellent qualities for which he is remembered were revealed.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Dormody, of this city; one daughter, Mrs Helen Dormody Crystal, of Berkeley; and two sons, the Doctors Horace and Hugh Dormody, in addition to one brother, Hugh Dormody of San Francisco.

Submitted by: Pamela Paris

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