Marvin Lee Dodson, 71, passed way on Nov. 30, 2017
Marvin Lee Dodson was born on Feb. 18, 1946 in El Dorado at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, the son of Harold Marvin Dodson and Mary Lavina Dodson of El Dorado. He had two siblings, Kevin Eugene Dodson and Anne Marie Amity. Marvin graduated from El Dorado High School then attended Butler Community College. After Butler, he went forward to Emporia State University. Shortly after starting Emporia, the draft was going on and joined the U.S. Navy. Marvin was in the Navy from March 5, 1968 to Feb. 7, 1973. During this time, he spent 4 years and 3 months of his time overseas. He had recruit training in San Diego, Calif. During his time with the Navy he had several jobs that consisted of Communications Technician, Second Class Petty Officer E5, Fleet Air Recognizance, and Electronic Warfare Operator 2. He was stationed throughout the world; Pensacola, Fla.(1968), Rhoda Spain (1970), and Philippines (1971-1973). During his free time in the military, he toured throughout Europe. Some of his favorite places were Greece, Holland, and Paris. After being discharged from the Navy in 1973, he met his wife Brenda. The couple married in August of 1973. After getting married they moved to Pittsburgh, Kan. so he could finish his education. He received his Bachelors of Science and Technology (May 17, 1975), with major in Technology/Electronics. He also received his Masters of Science on May 22, 1976 with a major of Junior College Teaching from Pittsburg State. While attending Pittsburgh State he was awarded the Excellence in Research, as well as being on the Dean’s Honor Roll. Marvin went on to move to Baxter Springs to work for Gulf Oil as a maintenance coordinator. He worked for Gulf from 1976-1982. In 1982 the Gulf plant closed down, he took a job at American Salt in Lyons. During his job at American Salt, he was Assistant Maintenance Superintendent. In 1984, Marvin and Brenda decided they wanted to move closer to home. He then took a job at Butler Community College. During his time at Butler Community College he had several different positions. He stated out as a Lead Instructor, then progressed to Evening/Summer Coordinator. Later on, he went to take a job as Director of Facilities and Maintenance. After retiring from Butler Community College, he then took a job at Circle School Districts. Marvin was the Director of Grounds Maintenance and Custodial. While teaching at Butler, they decided to have a family. Their first child, Sean Wesley Dodson was born on February 17th, 1984. A few years later, their second child, Kari Allison Dodson was born on Sept. 3, 1987. On April 10, 1990 their youngest son Alan Matthew Dodson was born.
Marvin was a very active member of the Butler Community College as well as City of Towanda. Some of the activities that he enjoyed were: Scout Master of Troop 232 of Boy Scouts of America, Committee Member of Cub Scouts, Pack 232 of Towanda, Circle school board member (July 2003-October 2010) President of Circle school board from 2007-2010, City of Towanda Recreational Board, past president of Bluestem Vintage/Classic Auto Club, secretary of NEA;KNEA;BCCCEA, past treasurer of BCCC Alumni Association, a member of American Vocational Association, International Maintenance Institute, as well as a coach for Little League Baseball and Basketball.
Marvin is survived by: wife, Brenda Dodson; children, Sean Dodson, Kari Dodson, and Alan Dodson; honorary daughter, Karen Stack; grandchildren, Bryka Nixon, Ella Dodson, Augustine Munoz; siblings, Kelvin and Rita Dodson of Oklahoma and Ann Amity of Colorado; dogs, Bently and Waffles; several neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lavina and Harold Dodson of El Dorado.
Marvin passed away on Nov. 30, 2017 in El Dorado.
His family will gather with friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home, where his service will be held at 2 p.m. with military honors. Burial will be in Towanda Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to USD 375 Circle Foundation or the Butler Community College Foundation. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Marvin at www.carlsoncolonial.com.