Dorothy R. Walker, 72

How do you begin to describe the greatest woman in the world? We still can’t find the right words, but we’re going to try.

On June 12, 2021, we lost our mother, grandmother, sibling, aunt and friend. Dorothy Rose Dasenbrock was born December 31, 1948, in Cottonwood, Idaho, to Charles Dasenbrock and Helen Clabby Dasenbrock and truth be told, she’d probably kill us for telling you her real age. Mom was one of eight children, Buell Irwin, John Irwin, Joy Roeper, Dick Dasenbrock, Agnes (Forsman) Hill, Rita Weatherby and Larry Dasenbrock.

She graduated from Prairie High School in 1967. That same year, Mom met our Dad, Sydney “Butch” Walker, while he was driving a garbage truck, with two broken arms, none-the-less. They were married November 25, 1967 and they were 2 years shy of being married 50 years before his passing in 2015.

Mom never liked to brag about herself, but she had so many skills. She started her working career with the Job Corp, then moved on to banking at IB&T (now Umpqua). She dabbled for awhile with upholstery, owning her own business, Dot’s Upholstery, all while helping run Walco, Inc. She ran the Camas Prairie Recycling Center until its closing in 2009. She was also extremely proud of running her own newspaper, the Central Idaho Post. She worked hard and put her entire heart into everything she did.

Our Mom couldn’t be described like other moms. Was she a good cook? Not especially, but there was always enough food for us and every single one of our friends we would bring home. She didn’t care if she knew you for years or just met you. Once she welcomed you in her life, you were there forever. Dorothy was generous beyond measure and she would help anyone she met.

Her greatest joys were her three children, Monica, Marietta & Patrick, and Sydney “BJ” and Martha, that is until her grandchildren were born. Hailey Uhlenkott, Danielle Uhlenkott and Ellie Kouril ruled her world and she was over the moon with the news about her new granddaughter, Aeris, who will be born in August.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Monica Walker, Marietta and Patrick Holman, BJ and Martha Walker, grandchildren Hailey Uhlenkott, Danielle Uhlenkott and Ellie Kouril and Aeris (due August 2021), siblings Agnes (Forsman) Hill, Rita Weatherby and Larry Dasenbrock, sister-in-law Jean Heizer, and numerous nieces and nephews, who she loved as much as her own children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Butch, brothers Buell Irwin, John Irwin, Dick Dasenbrock, and sister, Joy Roeper.

Viewing will be Friday, June 18, 2021 from 3-7 pm at Blackmer Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 11 am at the Grangeville Christian Church with fellowship to follow. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Send condolences to the family to

If you’d like to make a donation in her memory, the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children was near to her heart, as they took excellent care of her brother Buell.

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  • Bob and Mary Mangold says:

    Oh Dorothy, you were such a good friend and neighbor to Mary and I. We have been just heartbroken since your passing. So very hard to accept, you were such a good lady. When I gaze out the window and look over at the Walco Ranch I can see you flying with the rest of Gods Angels still protecting all of the beautiful animals that you so loved. Dorothy good bye and thank you for being our friend and the community also thanks you for fighting for doing what is ” right ” for all those decades in our beautiful township. Salute.

  • Lorrie and Larry Nelson says:

    Many prayers for the family

  • Tammy Drew says:

    I truly enjoyed my time with this great lady. She was becoming a good friend who I felt comfortable being around. I will truly miss her. We are away on business and I am sad that we will miss her service. God’s peace to your family and may we continue to remember her through our memories. Dorothy, please give Mom a big hug for me.

  • Sue Johnson says:

    What a wonderful tribute to her. She would have loved it.

  • james uhlenkott says:

    All who knew Dorothy lost a dear friend! We are so sorry to have to say ‘goodbye’ to an amazing woman!
    We are sorry we can not be at the funeral, as we will be in Boise for Tobi’s son, Bowen, high school graduation. But our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Much love and big hugs, Jim and Lynne

  • Kori says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dorothy’s family. She was an amazing blessing to all who knew her.

  • Donna Webb and family says:

    RIP Dorothy ..

  • Beverly Harris Tjerngren says:

    Dorothy was a second mom to me and I never doubted for a moment that I was important to her. She was so generous and welcoming and loving, and the world was a better place with her in it.

  • Cheryl ANN Fowler says:

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. I went to school with Dorothy in Cottonwood. I remember her as being a very nice person. We were friends, but I hadn’t seen her since. Prayers to the family, Cheryl Fowler ( Baldwin)

  • Mary Mangold says:

    To all who loved Dorothy, I loved her too. I shall miss her vibrant stories, her insights and the friendship we forged over the years that will forever have a place in my heart. Rest in Peace Dorothy.

  • Mary Kellogg . says:

    My condolences & prayers for the families and friends.

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