Obituary of Louis Raymond Dorcich


Groveland, California


Friends and family will gather in San Jose, CA at the Church of the Nazarene on Williams Road November 17, 2018 to say farewell to a loving husband, father, grandfather, dedicated colleague, and friend, Lou Dorcich, who passed away peacefully at his Groveland home following brave a battle against glioblastoma.  Born in San Jose, CA. he was 79 years old. There will also be a viewing held at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, CA on the evenings of November 14th and 15th between six and eight pm.  All are welcome.


Lou was a talented and gifted architect who helped people, organizations and large businesses reach their design dreams for more than 50 years.  He enjoyed his career working in his offices from Santa Cruz, San Jose, and his beautiful home in  Groveland, CA.  His projects included multi-use developments  featuring mixed-use retail and residential, entire housing communities in Santa Cruz and Salinas, 500,000 square foot-plus office buildings and high-end specialty home designs throughout the Peninsula, East bay and San Jose.


Lou and his loving wife Sue were active members of Jamestown Christian Fellowship, Board Member of Teen Challenge, Monterey Bay and various homeless outreaches.


Lou was a huge Giants fan.  He loved watching or listening to the games and talking ball with his sons.  He also enjoyed reading, shooting his guns (safely, of course), entertaining his grandchildren with his story telling.  He enjoyed hiking, jeeping, camping “in the wild and exploring ghost towns with his wife, Sue.


They say a contractor never really fixes anything around the house.  The same could not be said for the architect.  Lou lived his dream of designing and building his own home in Groveland, CA.  He had plenty of “help” hammering nails, holding up boards and getting in the way from his sons and grandkids.


We’ll all cherish memories of holidays spent laughing and sharing stories from “the old days” with is six sisters and 4 brothers.  It was always loud and never dull when the entire family got together.  His distinctive laugh, good humor and wisdom were on display, not just on holidays, but every day.


Lou is survived by his loving wife, Sue Dorcich of Groveland, his son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Laura Dorcich of San Jose, his son and Linus of Reno, NV.  Lou also leaves his six grandchildren: Donovan, Raymond Ty, Madeline, Emily, Hadley and Tegan.  The oldest of 11 children, Lou is survived by his 10 siblings, countless nieces and nephews and was blessed to have had the loving care of his sister Louise, who left her nursing duties behind, to be with him during this past year.


Any kind acts of charity can be made in Lou’s memory to Teen Challenge, Monterey Bay.



If you wish to leave your prayers or condolences with his family, please visit the Benito and Azzaro homepage.