On Saturday, February 1, 2020, Byron Thady Dormire passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Windsor, CO. Byron was born on June 19, 1955 to David Henry Dormire and Patricia Jean (Thady) Dormire in Pueblo, CO. He is survived by his daughter, Eleanor Jinju Brown-Dymkoski (Brian); his former spouse of 33 years and good friend, Yong-Ae Dormire; his siblings, Dave Dormire and Markay Dormire; and one granddaughter, Amelia Grace Brown-Dymkoski.
After graduating from California’s Chatsworth High School in 1973 and traveling the U.S. on his motorcycle, Byron enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in October of 1979. Trained as a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), Byron’s 24 years of service took him all over the world to include East Asia, Europe, and Antarctica. His last assignment brought him home to Colorado Springs as a U.S. Air Force Academy Parachute Instructor where he got paid to do something he loved…jump from a perfectly good airplane! Assigned to the 98th Flying Training Squadron, Byron trained hundreds of cadets in basic freefall techniques, participated in several demonstration jumps, and competed at the U.S. Parachute Association’s National Championships. Byron was an expert parachutist, logging over 6,000 jumps throughout his lifetime and authored his first book, “Demo Details,” on the sport he loved so much.
Byron retired on November 1, 2003 and spent his “retirement” living life to the fullest. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Regis University in 2013, continued to travel the world authoring his second book “Dallying in Nepal” and learned to drive everything from a train to a semi-truck. He was an avid motorcyclist who enjoyed cross country rides on his Harley or zipping through mountain passes on his Kawasaki and even recently tried his hand at kiteboarding. In addition to being a bit of an adrenaline junkie, he loved the simple things in life like a good book and a stack of Oreo cookies. Byron had the biggest heart and was always there to brighten the lives of others around him. We will forever remember him for his infectious smile, goofy jokes, and for his kind and compassionate spirit.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
Memorials in Byron’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.