Harold Glenn Dockter, 84, passed away June 25, 2012 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, following a sudden illness.
Born in Lodi, California to Chris and Emma Dockter, at age 3 he moved with his family to their farm in Escalon, CA, where they had a dairy and raised rice, and, in recent years, almonds. He graduated from Escalon High School and then served in the US Army, in the officers’ motor pool, during the Korean War. After his service, he continued to work with his father on the farm. When he was 49, he met and married Evelyn Rule Bumgarner. With their marriage he became an instant father and grandfather, a role he took to with extreme caring and generosity. They built their own house down the road from his parents and he continued to farm, never retiring completely.
An avid fisherman, he had several boats over the years and always found time to pursue his passion, sharing it with family and friends. He also enjoyed dancing and bowling. After retirement, he and Evelyn traveled extensively together, all over the US and Canada, as well as Great Britain and Europe.They made many friends across the country as they traveled in their motor home and were active in several motor home groups.
As anyone who knew him would say, “He was one of the nicest guys I ever met.”
He was a member of the Escalon Historical Society and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Valley Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Evelyn, in 2008.
He is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Kathy Seaton and Dodie Harte of Big Oak Flat, Claudia and John Weeks ofEscalon, and Connie and Pete Dalla of Escalon; granddaughters,Valarie (Mona) Brady of Merced, Heather (Jeff) Pfarr of Modesto, and Jennifer (Javier) Esquivel of Escalon; great-granddaughters,Emily Weeks and Alexis Esquivel of Escalon; brother, Alvin Dockter of Fremont; sister, Pauline Catron of Nevada City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service will be held Tuesday, July 3, 11:00 a.m. at Saran Lutheran Church, 1742 North St., Escalon, CA. Private burial will be at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon. Deegan’s Funeral Chapel in Escalon is handling arrangements.
Friday, June 29, 2012