November 9, 2014
Dorothy Owen became a resident of Cerritos in 1969. She was self-employed for 20 years, manufacturing and marketing her husband’s patented invention, Cyberchess, and later on conducting a computer consulting service. During that time, the Owens joined the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce and the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, where they served on the Boards of Directors. Norbert (Bob) was also a member of the Optimists Club. After being ill, he passed away in 1997.
Dorothy continued to reside in Cerritos with their daughter Tracy and volunteered with the Woman's Club of Artesia-Cerritos and the ABC Unified School District.
In 2006, Dorothy Owen married Sgt Maj (ret) David W. Owen. David served his country for 30 years in the United States Marine Corps and completed three combat tours in Vietnam. The couple answered Chuck Sooter's call for community support for the City of Cerritos to adopt the 1st CEB and became members of the original 1st CEB Adoption Committee's Board of Directors.
David taught Dorothy that birthdays are important to Marines. Being the 235th Birthday of the Marine Corps, 2010 was especially memorable. Dave celebrated his 50th Marine Corps birthday on October 10, 2007, the same day the Friends of the 1st CEB gathered their first care package shipment to the deployed 1st CEB in Iraq.
David developed the protocol and administered their Meritorious Marine program. He suddenly passed away in 2008. Since then, Dorothy continues to carry on doing what he did to support our brave, young Marines of the 1st CEB. Dorothy is proud to be an Ambassador for the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce, currently representing the 1st CEB Adoption Committee. Dorothy Owen also sits on the Board of Su Casa.