Born June 11, 1930, in Elmhurst, Ill., to the late John Wayne Dodds and the late Miriam Enlow, both of Illinois. David grew up in Chicago and attended school in Riverside, Ill., before joining the U.S. Army in 1952. He served in Korea and Japan before being honorably discharged in 1954. He married Ellen Wenzel in 1955, and he and his family moved to California in 1960. He married Linda Farnsworth in 1971, and moved to Smith River in 1992 before moving to Harbor, Ore., in 2005. David and Linda were married for 41 years.
David was a skilled electrical contractor for over 50 years. He volunteered his trade skills to various organizations, including construction with Habitat for Humanity in Crescent City and for transportation safety improvements in Smith River. David was a lifetime member of the American Legion, serving locally in Post 712 as Adjutant and Commander. His service in Post 712 included acquiring and distributing donated critical rescue equipment to the Smith River Fire Department. He was a member of the Smith River Methodist Church and a volunteer firefighter with the Smith River Fire Department for 11 years, as well as a member of the Smith River Fire District Board of Commissioners and the Smith River Cemetery Board.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Dodds, and by his children, Kenneth Dodds and wife Lynda, Barbara Myres and husband James, Ronald Dodds and wife Alane, and Susan Herbert and husband Neil, children of the late Ellen Wenzel Dodds. He is also survived by Mia Rose and husband Ronald, Eric Farnsworth and wife Susan, and Keith Farnsworth and wife Kathy, children of Linda Stephens Farnsworth Dodds; his sister-in-law Karin Robson and niece Shasta Robson; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
David was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Warren Dodds, who passed away in 2004.
Graveside services will take place at the Smith River District Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, with Celebration of Life Services being held at the Smith River United Methodist Church at 12 p.m. with Pastor Steve Pudinski officiating. A fellowship will follow in Social Hall.
Contributions in Mr. Dodds’ memory may be made to the Smith River United Methodist Church, PO Box 810, Smith River, CA 95567, or the Smith River Fire Protection District, PO Box 187, Smith River, CA 95567.
Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.