OBIT DaleDoty edit

September 21, 1936 - November 14, 2017

Dale Scott Doty, resident of Los Altos, CA, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend, educator, traveler, golfer and devout Stanford fan (Phi Delta Theta, AB in Education Class of ‘58 with a Masters in ‘59) passed away from renal failure at age 81 on Nov. 14, 2017 at Santa Clara Kaiser.

Born in Boulder, Colorado on Sept. 21, 1936 to Charles and Mary (Dekker) Doty, and big brother to Donna, Dale was best known for his consummate kindness, unrelenting commitment to family and friends, spirituality, positive outlook on life, and in his younger years, colorful language during either a tough round of golf or an upsetting Stanford game. He lived life to the fullest, bringing joy and spreading love everywhere he went, particularly when he played his guitar and gave wonderful hootenannies at family gatherings and in many classrooms.

As an educator (teacher, principal and Assistant Superintendent) for over 40 years in both the Cupertino Union and the Los Altos Elementary school districts, he was the epitome of educational excellence, a true student advocate and there are thousands of former elementary school children who had the opportunity to meet and be impacted by a real live hero named Mr. Doty. He will be truly missed.

Dale is survived by his wife, Judith Doty, his children Kelly (Fred) Banks of San Jose, Tom (Ulla) Doty of Galt, Jeff Doty of San Jose, David (Margaret) Doty of San Jose, Catherine Doty Mansergh of Novato, Kim (Skip) English of Campbell and Scott Barnes of Los Altos. He is now “Angel Pop Pop” for his amazing grandchildren Patrick, Jenny, Tim, Cooper, Gabriella, Natalie, Rebecca, Jarrett, Peyton, Jenna and Serina. Dale also has 7 great grandchildren.

A celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017, 10:00 am, at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church (728 W. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale).

Memorial donations may be made in Dale Doty’s honor to the National Kidney Foundation, Northern California (, The Cupertino Education Endowment Foundation, Music and Arts division ( or Mentor Tutor Connection (

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