CLEVELAND-Richard Dotson, age 74 of Cleveland, passed away Monday July 28, 2008 after a courageous fight with cancer, while surrounded by those who loved him.
He was born March 9, 1934 in Wickenburg, Ariz. to James Harley and Thelma Holland Dotson. Richard met and then married Jean Coleman in April of 1953 in Salome, Ariz.
Richard and Jean moved to Utah in the summer of 1971 with their two children, Rick and Brenda. From then, the family grew and thrived on the farm where they still live today.
Richard valued many things in life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved nothing more than to spend time with his loved ones. He especially loved spending time with his horses, both trading and riding them, and going to countless numbers of rodeos and ropings.
Richard attended church at the Desert Edge Christian Chapel, where he made many close friends. He touched many people throughout his life. He was a great friend, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. Those who knew him, knew that he was always there for them.
Richard, along with his family, started Castle Valley Rodeo which they owned and operated for eight years. During this time he helped many kids live the dreams they had of rodeoing.
Survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Brenda (Todd) Jensen; grandchildren, JD, Sarah, and Wyatt Jensen, and Joshua Dotson, all of Cleveland; brother, Dave (Darlene) Dotson, Wickenburg, Ariz.; sister, Leona (James) Murphey, Chino Valley, Ariz.; many nieces, nephews, and many special friends.
Preceded in death by son, Rick Dotson; father and mother, Harley and Thelma Dotson; in-laws, Doug and Emily Coleman; three brothers and one sister.
Funeral service, Thursday, July 31, 2008, 11 a.m., at the Desert Edge Christian Chapel in Huntington, 500 South Main, with a viewing one hour prior to service. A visitation for family and friends was held Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price. Burial, Cleveland City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home.