Robert Theodore DoByne

Robert Theodore DoByne

The Dalles, Oregon

August 27, 1938 - May 6, 2018

Robert Theodore DoByne was born to Theodore and Ida (Jones) DoByne in Oakland, Calif., on Aug. 27, 1938. He passed away in The Dalles, Ore., on May 6, 2018, at the age of 79.

Robert often said, “God brought me to The Dalles to meet the love of my life.” He married Sharon L. Sorensen on July 31, 1982, and the couple lived in The Dalles, Lyle and BZ Corner before settling in Dallesport, Wash. Robert worked many years for the student transportation company A.R.A and was superintendent of the transportation department for Oregon School District 12 in The Dalles from 1981 until 1986. Robert travelled to Guam where he ran a parts business from 1986 to 1990. He was an avid photographer who turned his passion into a business when he opened Photo Reflections in Hood River and later Mirror Image with locations at The Dalles and Bingen, Wash. Robert retired in 2007 and he and Sharon became snowbirds in 2008, traveling to Sun City, Ariz., for the winter months.

Besides photography, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and cooking. He loved John Wayne, going grocery shopping and “cruising Costco.” He was also a member of the Elks lodge.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon DoByne of Dallesport; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Terry DoByne of N. C.; stepdaughter, Tanya Sorensen; stepson, Troy Sorensen; grandchildren Megan, Braden and Raelyn; lots of in-laws and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Lyle Lions community Center on May 12. Robert was laid to rest at Lyle Balch Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in honor of Robert may be given to Twin Bridges Museum in Lyle or to Home at Last animal shelter in The Dalles. To send condolences to the DoByne family, please visit


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