Richard L. Dodson (1949-2020)

Published by The Bee News

August 24, 2020

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Richard L. Dodson (Big D) was born on November 25, 1949 to Virgil and Betty Arlene Dodson of Waurika, OK. Richard went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on
August 18, 2020.

Richard was blessed with an amazing athletic talent in several sports. He is a graduate of Tucson High School. Tucson High School inducted him into their Hall of Fame in track, wrestling and football.
Richard received a full scholarship to the University of Arizona playing defensive football. He ultimately achieved his goal of becoming an NFL football player for the Denver Broncos. He is a retired Maricopa County
Detention Officer. He enjoyed watching sports with friends, golf, traveling, and being the life of the party.

His heart was called to several charity benefits from raising money, visiting nursing homes, speaking with youth about education, and sports. His favorite was spending time with veterans and feeding every homeless person he came across.

Richard is survived by his beloved Karen, daughter Jacqueline (Josh) Micale, daughter Arlene Dodson, granddaughter Natayla, grandson Jadon, sister Kathy McBride and several nieces, nephews, and too many in-laws to list.
Proceeded in death by his parents, brother Virgil and sister Becky. Service arrangements are pending.

Donations can be made to your favorite charity on his behalf.

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  1. Such a good and loving man… We were Blessed to have him in our family.

  2. Our prayers and love are with you Karen and family🙏❤️

  3. RIP My big brother ! I will never forget you. Thanks for looking out for me in high school!

  4. Loved him the gentle g oh ant he will. Be missed.

  5. Sincerely sorry for your huge loss! Jack and I are praying for you all! Our hearts are with you!

  6. Rick you are truly missed! You loved our Karen like no other human being could! My Rick misses his “Twin”! RIP your work here is done! We need all the guardian angels we can get, so please, hook us up! We LOVE and MISS you ❤️!

  7. Where do I start Rick??? I fell in love with you the very first time I met you. When I discovered that you have a huge heart and that you are not ashamed to shed a tear, I loved you more… (After all, we’re a family of crybabies). We shared the same passion, to feed those less fortunate. Our family is so blessed to have had you in our homes and our hearts…I’m a better person because of you!!!. See you when I get there…

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