After celebrating Father’s Day with his family, Donald “Rusty” Kieth Dodson II unexpectedly passed away at home, peacefully in his sleep, on June 16, 2019. Rusty, as he was known by friends and loved ones, was born on January 27th, 1957 to Donald Keith Dodson and Betty Carol Stephenson Dodson in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was raised in Danville, Indiana.
Rusty served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Uruguay and Paraguay (1975-77). He met Sheryl “Shari” Grace Sears in the Washington DC temple, where they were married on May 19, 1978.
His chosen profession was in computers. While attending BYU, he was hired by WordPerfect and became one of the seasoned technologists that stayed in the valley and helped the local tech industry to flourish.
Throughout life, Rusty found his greatest joy in his family, by strengthening his siblings, and raising his children and grandchildren. He would do anything for his family. He has been a father and brother to so many, including 27 foster children. It was not uncommon to find him hushing a baby or snuggling with a grandchild. Dad, we will miss your happy laughter, your quiet talks, and your wonderful hugs.
Rusty is survived by his wife Shari, his children: Keith (Marilyn), Michael (Sara), Tiana (Anthony), Heather, Janelle (Rick), Chelsie, Jake (Jen - deceased), Robert (Tatiana), Caleb (Britney), Mariah, Noah, nineteen grandchildren, his parents, maternal grandmother Thelma Bodily Stephenson, and his siblings: Debbie (Mark), Dawnna (Miguel), Daniel (Jennifer), Douglas (Ruth), Dee Anna (Rick), Drew (Julie), Damon (Jennifer), Danena (Eric), and Dixie (Bill).
A viewing will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the LDS church located at 31 W Maple Street in Mapleton, Utah. The funeral will follow at 12:00 PM. Interment will be Mapleton Cemetery.