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Michael Dorset

November 13, 1942 — December 17, 2023

Mike Dorset went home to be with the Lord on December 17, 2023. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 13, 1942 to Clinton and Virginia Dorset.

Mike graduated from Hillwood High School in Nashville in 1962 and then went on to get a B S degree from Belmont University, where he was inducted into the Tower Society and was awarded National Science Foundation Grants to complete his Master Degree and EDS degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt University. He began his teaching career at Cleveland State Community College in 1968 as a professor in the Science Department and later became head of that department. While there, he also taught part-time at Lee University as an Anatomy and Genetics instructor. At Cleveland State Mike was voted as the Outstanding Faculty Member by faculty and students and the Student's Favorite Instructor by the students. He was chairman of the committee that formed the Faculty Senate and was a longtime member of the Senate as well as serving as president of that organization. He retired in 2008 from Cleveland State and went on to teach part-time at Lee University as a Human Anatomy instructor. He was named Professor Emeritus after his retirement from Cleveland State. Mike has taught many, many thousands of students over his 54 years of instruction. One of his most endearing qualities was his love of teaching and wanting his students to learn. He especially enjoyed running into his former students and finding out what they are doing.

He met his wife, Sarah, while attending the University of Tennessee before transferring to Belmont University. They married shortly after graduating from college and were married for 57 years.

Mike always maintained a positive outlook which was inspiring to all who knew him. He was known for his strong sense of humor and deep Christian faith. Those whom Mike touched throughout his life knew what a wonderful person he was inside and out. His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was the source of his hope. He loved sharing his faith with others as a Sunday School teacher, in Bible study, in Bible School, as a director of mission trips to Costa Rica, and just in conversation. He was an active member of Westwood Baptist Church. You are welcome to make donations to missions in Mike's name at Westwood Baptist Church: 4001 Georgetown Road Northwest Cleveland, TN 37312.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah, three sons: David Dorset of Cleveland; John Dorset(Amy) of Knoxville; Dan Dorset(Petroula) of Signal Mountain, eight grandchildren: Rachel Dorset, Bryce Dorset, Charlie Dorset, Amelia Dorset, Irene Dorset, Claire Dorset, Luke Dorset and Adian Cook all of whom he was so proud; brother in law Charles Couric of Moraga, CA and several nieces and nephews . He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The Remembrance of Life service will be held on December 20 at Westwood Baptist Church. The visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 followed by the funeral service at 3:00 with Pastor Steve Smartt officiating. Gifts in remembrance of Mike may be made to the missions program at Westwood Baptist Church.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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