|Birth: ||Aug. 23, 1954|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 2009|
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LAKELAND - Daniel J. and Cynthia Dorsch passed away together on July 5, 2009 in a plane crash near Roanoke, Va. while returning home to Tampa, FL from New York City. The high school sweethearts met in San Diego, CA and were married for over 37 years. Cyndie and Dan were married on April 28, 1978. They shared a great love for their family and friends and always considered their 3 sons to be their greatest achievement.
Daniel Joseph Dorsch, 56, was born January 20, 1953 in La Jolla, CA. In his early years, Dan was a standout football player and motocross racer. He served in the Navy during Vietnam aboard the USS Oriskany as an air traffic controller. As a 40-year restaurant industry veteran, Dan touched many lives throughout the country and measured his accomplishments by helping others achieve success. As a self-made man, his career accomplishments are truly amazing. Credited with the turnaround of the Checkers Drive-In restaurants chain as CEO, he also served as the President of the AKFCF for Kentucky Fried Chicken, owned numerous KFC, Taco Bell, Kenny Rogers' Roasters, and Papa John's franchises, and was the founder of Fun Bike Center Motorsports and Mojo's Wings, Burgers, and Beer in Lakeland, FL. Dan was a true family man that loved taking family vacations and relaxing at the beach with his wife and sons. He had a passion for life and embodied that spirit with all of his friends and family. An accomplished businessman, pilot, mentor, leader, loving husband, father, brother, son, and friend, he is survived by his three sons Jordan, Elliott, and Nicholas Dorsch, his father Daniel W. Dorsch, his brother David Dorsch, and his sister Julie Massie; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Cynthia Posadas Dimalanta-Dorsch, 55, was born August 23, 1954 in Dagupan City, Philippines. At age 9 her family immigrated to San Diego, California. As the oldest of 6 siblings, Cynthia helped her parents raise her own brothers and sisters while excelling in academics at Madison High School . Cyndie went on to graduate from the University of California at Berkeley, earning a degree in Psychology. As the self proclaimed "Household CEO," she was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, always putting her friends' and family's needs before her own. One of her greatest attributes was her uncanny ability to make friends in any situation due to her genuine, kind-hearted spirit and outgoing personality. Cyndie truly had a zest for life, and was passionate about many activities including tennis, ceramics, painting, yoga, Mah Jongg, computers, Facebook, texting, personal training, volunteering and ballroom dancing. Over the past few years, Cyndie had developed a love for ballroom dancing and quickly became one of the country's top amateur "rising stars". She traveled around the world, touching the lives of many new friends as she competed in ballroom dancing. Known in the ballroom dancing world as "Dancing Girl," she found her calling and poured her heart into it. She is survived by her three sons Jordan, Elliott, and Nicholas Dorsch, her father Emilio Dimalanta, her brothers Ed, Art, Perry, and Doug Dimalanta as well as her sister Cecelia Nickmeyer; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass celebrating the lives of Dan and Cyndie will be held on Saturday, July 18, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Temple Terrace at 2pm, a second service will be held at Tampa Palms Country Club at 4pm, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33647. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Daniel and Cynthia Dorsch Fund, 550 N. Reo St., Suite 301, Tampa, Fl. 33609, in their names. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.blountcurry.com
.Published in Ledger on July 16, 2009 .Follow this Obituary
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"To the family of Dan and Cyndie Dorsch, I was deeply saddened to hear of your recent loss. I had the honor of working for Dan at Taco Bell (Valenti Mgmt) years ago and while Im still with Taco Bell its never been the same as the "old Valenti days"...."
- Kim Lane (Byrd) (Dayton, OH)
"July 20,2009 Jordan, Nicholas and Elliot, Words, however kind,can't mend your heartache: but those who care and share your loss wish comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in God, the love of family and the warm embrace of friends. ..."
- Timothy Jordan (San Diego, CA)
"We have just recently learned of this great, great loss. What a wonderful couple they were. I had the pleasure of working with JNE through Papa John's...and had the utmost respect for Mr. Dorsch. Our prayers go out to Jordan, Nick & Elliot!"
- Kevin Scott (Normal, IL)
"I only found out today about this great loss your family has suffered. God bless and keep you. Elsbeth Hall, Wesley Chapel , Fl.(former employee Taco Bell Busch Blvd. Tampa)"
- Elsbeth Hall (Wesley Chapel, FL)
"Nicholas, Jordan, Elliot and Family, May the memories of your parents and the blessings from God be your comfort during this difficult time. Your parents were awesome, giving and fantastic human beings. God's richest blessings be with you now and..."
- Sophia Smith (Tampa, FL)
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