David Michael Dodson
  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any of the following agencies in memory of David. You may notify the family of any gifts in his memory by emailing: rememberingDavidDodson@gmail.com
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness:
    3803 N. Fairfax Drive
    Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22203

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David's grave marker, Riverside National Cemetery, California
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David Michael Dodson, 41, died suddenly of acute organ failure related to chronic health issues on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Ridgecrest, California. He was born September 8, 1975 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital to Donald Dodson and Linda Norrington Dodson. His parents and younger brother Kevin moved to Woodland Park, Colorado in 1982, and David welcomed 3 more brothers over the next three years, twins Jeff and Jon, and Ryan. He was a Boy Scout, ran long distance in track, and loved to play basketball.

He was a 1994 Graduate of Woodland Park High School, and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins for three years, studying philosophy and history. David enlisted in the Navy in 1998. He graduated with the class of 2001 from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina and served as a Nuclear Electrician till completing his service in 2004. David advanced to the rank of Electrician's Mate (Nuclear) Second Class and was proud to work with some outstanding people through the Navy. He circumnavigated the globe, traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, and parts of Europe. He worked in damage control, material maintenance, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, and covered watch as a master at arms and a radiation guard at the door of the reactors.

After completing his military service, he made his home in several cities, including Fort Collins, Colorado; Malaga, Spain; and Long Beach and San Bernardino, California, before moving with his father to Trona, California in early 2017. David helped provide in home care for family members, including his maternal grandparents and great-aunt. He had a caring heart and loved to show kindness to animals and strangers. He was an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, loved board games, card games, and online role-playing games where he always made numerous friends. He loved sports, including the Denver Broncos and the Denver Nuggets. David spent time volunteering, giving back to kids with disabilities through a Horseback riding program in Woodland Park, volunteering at a hospital in Colorado Springs, counseling at youth camps in Colorado, and helping neighbors in need. He lived with mental illness, and was an advocate for others, counseling them that things would get better.

He is survived by his parents, Donald Dodson of Trona, California, and Linda Norrington of Kihei, Hawaii; four brothers, Kevin Dodson of Ridgecrest, California, Jeffrey Dodson of Grand Junction, Colorado, Jonathan Dodson of Hudson, Ohio, and Ryan Dodson of San Marcos, California; his sweetheart Lori Guidi of Malaga, Spain; as well as five nieces, and many more cousins and other extended family. The Dodson Family would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for the many friends, extended family, coworkers, and those whom we have never met, from all over the country, for your prayers, kind words, and offers to help during this difficult time. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to our dear friends Kay and Forrest Lloyd in Ridgecrest who provided countless hours of support and were there at the hospital the night David died.

A military burial will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Riverside National Cemetery in California and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at First Congregational UCC, 20 E. St. Vrain St, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

You may send condolences or request a mailing address by emailing rememberingDavidDodson@gmail.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any of the following agencies in memory of David: The National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI, 3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; The Treatment Advocacy Center, 200 North Glebe Road, Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22203; The Humane Society of the United States, Dept: Memorial Donations, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037; Ridgecrest Animal Care and Control, 411 San Bernardino Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA 93555; or your local animal shelter.