Carroll Dee Dodgen Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on October 29th, 2020. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Marie and father, Carroll Sr.; his brother Allen (Sonny) Dodgen and two sisters, Billie Jean and Geraldine.
Carroll is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rebecca Joan (Cooper) Dodgen; his three sons, Chris Dodgen, Allen Grant Dodgen and Michael Dodgen; five grandchildren, Chris Dodgen Jr., Lynda Riley, Rebecca R. Dodgen, Megan Dodgen and Evan Dodgen; and three great grandchildren, Cadhla, Van and Aiden.
Carroll’s mom and dad worked laying railroad for the Chiquita Banana Company prior to WWII, and because of that, Carroll spent his early years in beautiful Honduras. Interestingly enough, although they didn’t meet again until adults, Becky and Carroll met when they were only toddlers playing in a sandbox. Once they met again, love had them and they married quickly.
Carroll led an interesting life as a US Marine, heavy machinery operator, a ship’s Captain, and finally as a contractor for NASA with Lockheed Martin where he retired after many years.
Additionally, he spent time with the Civil Air Patrol. He was a recreational pilot and an Elks Lodge member.
Carroll’s retirement afforded him much needed time to return to Honduras, a home he loved and cherished deeply. Returning to La Porte in the 90’s, Carroll spent the rest of his years watching his grandchildren grow up and eventually his great-grandchildren as well. In 2005, Carroll met his new best long-time friend, a giant collie named Laddie which he was lucky to have in his life for the next several years. Having him since he was a puppy, the pair were inseparable. Other than tending to Laddie and sneaking him too many table scraps, Carroll also enjoyed spending time at his favorite watering hole and getting out on a boat any chance he could. So much so, that the family would like to believe that he and Laddie are together again, on a boat, anchored in front of Molly’s Pub.
In honor of Carroll’s requests, a service will not be held. His family will be planning a private occasion to scatter his ashes at sea where they believe he will be the most at peace.
Thoughts and prayers can be sent to the family via Stepping Stone Funeral Home at 215 S. Broadway, La Porte, Texas 77571.
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