Remembering Ethan Dorris


People who were close to Ethan Dorris would tell you that he always made others laugh and had an abundant love for his family and friends. However, he had his inward struggles. Dorris’ friends and family will honor him and keep his memory alive by sharing his story.
On Dec. 1, 2020, Dorris died at the age of 17.
Dorris’ biggest strength was his ability to make others laugh and his persistent loyalty and love for his family and friends.
Ryan Widel, the ceramics and sculpture teacher, had a close relationship with Dorris.
Together they had deep conversations, and Widel would be the first to tell you that Dorris loved being at school for his friends.
Dorris had an honest and reliable personality that made him stand out from everyone else. He was a sincere and real friend, which was appreciated by those who knew him.
“Everyone is different,” Widel said. “That being said, a lot of people are not genuinely themselves, they are always trying to be something else. Ethan was Ethan.”
Dorris loved being outside, whether it consisted of riding four-wheelers, being with friends or learning about trucks. He additionally loved to listen to rap and country music. His time was spent cherishing the things and people he loved.
Dorris was a hard worker who did what he could to help his friends and make sure they were always smiling and laughing.
Kelly Fields, the building trades and welding teacher, had Dorris for more than one class. He would goof around with friends in class, but would re-focus on the work at hand when needed.
“Dorris did what he was asked to do,” Fields said.
Dorris made an impact on many lives. Those close to him will not be the same without him, but will continue on in his legacy.
The NHS counselors are available for any student who is struggling to cope with loss.
“As a reminder for all of our students: Your teachers, counselors, administrators and school staff are all here because we care about you and we want to help you feel supported and safe,” counselor Jenney Myler said. “We can connect you with resources inside of the school or outside of the school depending on your comfort level. Asking for help is the first step.”