August 7, 2009
is today for former area chaplain
Mark L. Dorff, the former chaplain of Oklahoma Methodist Manor,
died Wednesday. He was 75.
Dorff was born Feb. 13, 1934, to Anabel and Earl Dorff.
His father was a minister, and the younger Dorff began his work
with churches even before graduating from Classen High School in
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the First United
Methodist Church under the direction of Ninde Brookside Funeral
He then graduated from Oklahoma City University and the
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a United Methodist
graduate school in Evanston, Ill.
In 1983, he received an honorary doctorate in divinity from
Dorff was a minister for seven congregations in New Mexico over
a 30-year career.
During that time, he also was appointed to be the New Mexico
Annual Conference's mission and administration conference
director and a district superintendent.
Dorff retired in 1997, but he soon returned to work as an
interim minister of two churches and as the interim executive
director of the Mount Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center in
In Tulsa, he was the chaplain for the Oklahoma Methodist Manor
and was director of church relations for the Oklahoma United
He is survived by his wife, Ann Dorff; one daughter, Tracy West
of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sons, Gregory Dorff of Lincoln, Neb.,
and Kevin Dorff of New York City; one brother, Bishop James
San Antonio; and eight grandchildren.
Complied and transcribed by Marti Graham, 2009.