Benjamin Everett Dooley, 82, of Fairfield, Calif., formerly of Seaside, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at David Grant Medical Center in Fairfield, Calif.
He was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Seaside, to Ruth and Charles Dooley.
He attended school in Seaside and was a graduate of Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon Dental School in 1955. He also graduated from the Marquette University School in Prosthodontics in 1965.
On Aug. 16, 1953, he married Elizabeth Betty Loren in Kellogg, Idaho. She survives, residing in Fairfield.
In 1955, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served for 30 years in the U.S. and overseas, including Taiwan and the Philippines. His last station was at Travis Air Force Base in California. He retired as a colonel in 1980, then taught at the University of Pacific Dental School until 1996. He was a member of Bible Study Fellowship, Fairfield Rotary, the Montezuma Shrine Club, the Masons, Sons In Retirement (SIR) and the Green Valley Country Club. He was also a member of Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship, where he loved singing in the choir.
Family members said his hobbies included gardening, stamp collecting, coin collecting, stained glass and copper work.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Ruth (Dooley) Marsh; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Loren and Sara Dooley, Mike and Barbara Dooley and Steven Dooley; 14 grandchildren, Shawn, Jason, Joe, Ryan, Kenny, Jessica, Willie, Nicholas, Robbie, Shane, Megan, Nathan, Sierra and Serenity Dooley; and two great-grandchildren, Cora and and Timmy Dooley.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John Dooley; and a sister, Charlote Fross.
A memorial has already been held. Interment was at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.
Donations may be made to the Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship Building Fund, 4177 Suisun Valley Road, No. A, Fairfield, CA 94534, or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
Bryan-Braker Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at www.bryanbraker.com