Dr. William Joseph Dooley Jr. | Washington County Obituaries


Dr William Joseph Dooley Jr.

Nov. 10, 1942 — Aug. 29, 2022

Dr. William Joseph Dooley Jr. died August 29 due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Flagstaff, Arizona as he began his walk with God.

Bill was born in West Bend on November 10, 1942. He attended Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Marquette School of Medicine in Milwaukee. He served in the Navy from 1969 to 1975 as a Lieutenant Commander where he completed his residency in ophthalmology.

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While studying medicine, he met Kathy, the love of his life, to whom he was married for over 52 years. In 1975, they moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to open their eye practice, then built a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center. He has enjoyed serving Lake Havasu and surrounding communities as one of the region’s few eye surgeons and eye disease specialists for over 25 years. Seeing the opportunity to continue serving his community outside of his medical practice, he served on the board of Mohave State Bank (now Glacier Bancorp).

Bill was an incredible husband and father who expressed his love for his family through travel and adventure. Traveling meant waterskiing on the Colorado River; canoeing on Lake Powell; RV camping near Zion National Monument; quad biking on the Glamis sand dunes; explore the National Organ Pipe Monument; snow skiing in Park City; popup trailer camping (in January) in Death Valley. For the past 10 years, Bill and Kathy have enjoyed traveling in their RV or 5th wheel across the country visiting friends and family and playing golf along the way. Bill made sure his family played golf as it was his favorite competitive sport and everyone should be ready for some friendly advice.

There were no obstacles in Bill’s mind for the family to explore together, which led to him obtaining his pilot’s license so the family could travel to the Midwest and Northeast states to better understand the history of our country. He also inspired his children with acts of service and philanthropy, providing free corrective eye surgery to those in need in the 1980s and leading the campaign to rebuild Notre Dame du Lac Catholic Church in the 1990s in Lake Havasu City. Bill was active in the parish of San Francisco de Asis through the Knights of Columbus and the choir. In recent years, woodturning has become a new hobby. To master the necessary skills and help others, he became a founding member of the Peaks Woodturners.

William is survived by Kathleen (Kaddatz) Dooley, and children Kevin Dooley (Heather), Kimberly LaFavers (Rick), Patricia von Kolen (Bill) and 13 grandchildren: Brandon Corke and Andrew Corke, Tabitha, Ellie, April, Ben, Jocelyn, Daniel von Kolen; Austin, Coleson, Ryan, Tyler LaFavers; Siana Dooley. He is survived by his siblings Michael and Thomas Dooley, Mary Newcomb and Patricia Eid.

Services will be held at the Catholic Parish of San Francisco de Asis on Monday, September 26. Rosary at 10 a.m. and Mass at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 1600 Historic Rte. 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. A reception will follow at Forest Highlands Golf Club, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Memorial donations can be made to: San Francisco de Asis Catholic Parish school fund (www.sfdaparish.org), 1600 E. Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 and ALS Arizona Chapter (www.alsaz.org), 360 E. Coronado Road, Suite 140 Phoenix, AZ 85004.

To stream live: https://sfdaparish.org. Select “Watch Mass Online”.

Visit www.norvelowensmortuary.com for more information.

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