Dorwin “Buddy” French, 71, of Bastrop, Texas passed away peacefully in the early morning
hours of Saturday, April 13, 2019 at home on Garfield Street after a long battle with
numerous health issues.
He was born to Wilma and Bryson French, Sr. on January 7, 1948 in Cameron, Texas. He served
as a Navy Seabee in the Vietnam War for 3 years, from 1967 to 1970, where operated heavy
A short year after returning from the war, Buddy married the love of his life, Debby Robinson on
November 19. 1971. They were married 47 years, while building their lives and raising 2 children
in Bastrop, Texas. Dorwin enjoyed tinkering on any engine that needed work. He’s known for his
love for Harley Davidson Motorcycles and classic fast cars he called Hot Rods. He even enjoyed
flying ultra-light airplanes for a period of time. Dorwin had an intimidating appearance, but would
do anything, at any time, for anyone in need. He stood his ground firmly on his beliefs and always
fought for the underdog.
Dorwin is survived by: his wife, Debby French; daughter Jennifer and her children, Garrett, Breanna,
and Avery French; son, Zac and his child, Blakely French; brothers, Bryson, Jr. and Dixie, Mike and
Sheryl, Jimmy and Terri and Greg and Susan French; and many nieces and nephews.
Immediately following the service at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home There will be a reception at
the American Legion Post #533 in Bastrop, Texas.
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for everyone during this difficult time. Darwin was always willing to help anyone he could and was a hard worker. RIP Dorwin
Emily DillonBastrop, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. Dorwin will surely be missed by his loving family and friends. He is with God now and free of pain.
Vicki Behrend Dysl)Austin, TX
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND!!!
YOU WILL BE MISSED!!
CINDI SIMANKELGIN, TX
I am so sorry for your families loss. I remember our visits and the fun we all had growing up. I am so sorry that I am unable to attend but I send my love to all the family. May Buddy Rest In Peace.
Glo MarekPortland, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I will be forever grateful for the positive impact Dorwin had on Taylor's life. We are honored to have know him even if it was for just a short time. His stories, his humor, his practicality will remain in our memories. Rest In Peace Dorwin, you will be greatly missed.
Amy JankowskiPinehurst, TX
My prayers and thoughts are with you. I won’t be able to be at the service. I will be in Texas May 15 and would like to come by while I am there. Love, Bonny
Bonny Scott NordgrenBellevue, WA
i lift up Debby and the family at this time . I meet Dorwin when I work with Debby it was a great blessing to know Dorwin we we went camping together hung out with great stories and he always treated me as family. I can’t say enough he was good hearted and love his wife and family so much he always show me his collection tools and he treated my family with greatness when I would bring them camping I sure going miss him and Debby and family stay strong he watching over each one.
Cheryl TyetHouston, TX