In Memory of




Obituary for James P. Dorman

Memorial services for Dr. James P. Dorman, 79, will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Childress with Randy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Childress Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.
Dr. James (Jim) Paul Dorman passed from this life on September 16th, 2022, at a Veterans Care Facility in Hallettsville, Texas. He was born on November 18th, 1942, in Childress, Texas, to Paul Pierce and Exa Inez (Boyd) Dorman. He was 79 years old.
Jim graduated from Childress High School in 1961, and from Texas Tech University in 1965. He became a Medical Doctor in 1969 after his graduation from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He spent his internship at the University of New Mexico, which connected him to his first military assignment in the US Public Health Service from 1970-1972 at the Indian Health Service in Taos, New Mexico.
He fulfilled his surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, from 1972-1976, which launched his private practice as a surgeon in multiple locations in Texas including San Antonio, Sweetwater, Jourdanton, Floresville, Pleasanton, Bay City, College Station, Allen, and Odessa, as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
His completed fellowships and advanced training in Surgical Oncology (1980), Laparoscopy (1993), and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine (2009).
In addition to private practice, Dr. Dorman served as Clinical Instructor at the University of Texas San Antonio Department of Surgery (1976-1977), an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio (1998-2005), and as part of the Surgical Teaching Staff at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California (1990-1994). He had been a certified Instructor in Advance Trauma Life Support since 1993. Having published more than 18 articles and presentations, he loved teaching his students, especially the latest laparoscopy techniques, almost as much as relieving pain and saving lives on the operating table.
Jim was inspired from watching the original Top Gun movie and enlisted as an officer in the US Navy. He was a Navy Flight Surgeon with the US Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, Tustin, CA from 1988-1990. From 1990-1994 he served as a Navy Surgeon at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA, which included a tour as Navy Combat Trauma Surgeon with the US Marine Corps – 1st MEF, Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War. This is where he met his wife, Pam, a Lutheran minister serving as a Chaplain in the Navy, and they were married January 2, 1993.
From March through September of 2003, Dr. Dorman served with the 1st Marines in Kuwait and Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The excitement did not disappoint, as he completed 20 years as a Reserve Surgeon and Flight Surgeon for the Navy and Marines, fulfilling his charge to “Keep them flying.” He retired in 2006 as a Captain in the US Naval Reserve Medical Corps.
In retirement, Jim studied guitar, banjo, and piano, enjoyed the mountains of New Mexico, helped Pam maintain the farm (zoo) at home, and loved to trade stories with other veterans at the Black Rifle Coffee Company in Boerne.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, The Rev. Pamela E. (Davis) Dorman, of Boerne, Texas, two daughters, April Donihi (Chris) of Phoenix, Arizona, and Julie Hasty (Russ) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, four grandsons Reece and Connor Donihi and Devin and Liam Hasty, a brother, Gary Don Dorman (Janiece) of Weatherford, Texas, and a sister, Paulette (Dorman) Martin (Gary Don) of Childress, Texas, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews, many treasured high school classmates, military buddies, colleagues and friends.
Dr. Dorman was a member of the American College of Surgeons, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Texas Surgical Society and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Surgeons.
He was also a member of the American Legion and St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Boerne, Texas.