Brian F. Orcutt, 78, of Cathedral City, Cal., passed away Monday, Jan. 4. There were no services.
Brian was born in Dubuque, the son of Fay and Dorothy (Pape) Orcutt. He left Dubuque in 1960 and enlisted in the Navy where he served for four years, most of that time serving on the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier as an Interior Communications Electrician. He often talked about how he ran the movie reel on the ship, which even though it was part of his responsibilities, he enjoyed immensely. After his time with the Navy, he moved to San Bernardino, Cal. where he worked for NCR and found his love of cash registers. Later he moved to the Palm Springs, Cal. area and on Oct. 14, 1972, he was united in marriage to Karon Dorchester. He opened Desert Cash Register in 1977, which was in operation until his passing.
Brian will be remembered as a kind man, always trying to help if you were down on your luck. He enjoyed going to the movie theatre to see all the latest movies and playing his accordion, especially if he got the opportunity to do so for family and friends. He enjoyed living in the Palm Springs area and was always up to showing people the sites when they came to visit. He especially loved when his grandson Chase would visit, and had the opportunity to treat him to amusement parks, movies and ice cream.
Brian is survived by his daughter, Shannon (Brian) Brunscheen and one grandchild, Chase, of Dyersville; four siblings: sister, Lois Trausch-Wolfe of Dubuque, twin brother, Bruce Orcutt of Dubuque, sister, Shelby (Ronald) Olsen of Tipton, and brother, Loren (Callie) Orcutt of West Jordan, Ut.; brother-in-law, Robert Dorchester (Christine Robinson) of San Diego, Cal.; nieces and nephews: Forrest Trausch of Dubuque; Claudette Betts of Farley, Paul Trausch of Oceanside, Cal., Jon Olsen of Dubuque, Fay Olsen of West Liberty, Shane Orcutt of the Salt Lake City, Ut. Area, Jason Dajdumrongwood of Desert Hot Springs, Cal., Justin Dajdumrongwood of Los Angeles, Cal. and Ashley Thanyaseri of Los Angeles, Cal.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karon, in 1974; his parents, Fay and Dorothy Orcutt; parents-in-law Robert (Bob) and Gloria Dorchester; brother-in-law Joseph Wolfe; sister-in-law Patty Orcutt; sister-in-law Sharon Dajdumrongwood; and brother-in-law Scott Dorchester.
A special mention to some very special people in Brian’s life who were very near and dear to his heart: Jim and Mary Smith, Craig Mason and cousin Paul Lembke. Thank you very much for being such good friends to Brian, you will forever be remembered for your friendship and kindness.