Stanley L. Dodson, of Glenwood Springs, died Saturday
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A well-known Glenwood Springs, Colorado man who dedicated himself to the community passed away Jan. 10.
Stanley L. Dodson, 90, died in Glenwood Springs after a lifetime brimming with accomplishments. He was a “professional engineer, transportation aficionado, perpetual volunteer, successful businessman and community pillar” who “worked for the betterment of the community and the state for over 50 years,” a Glenwood Post staff writer wrote in 1997.
“Stanley will always be remembered for his positive attitude in life and his friendly chuckle,” said his son, David Dodson, in an e-mail. “He lived life to the fullest. Stan had many accomplishments in his life and wanted everyone to succeed.”
Dodson, a third-generation Garfield County native, was born and grew up in Silt. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II from 1942 to 1945 before deciding to settle in Glenwood Springs.
Dodson was a class president and valedictorian at Silt High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a minor in business administration from the University of Colorado in 1941, where he was president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and vice president of the student body his senior year.
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Dodson married Nell Martina Wilson in 1944 in Miami and had two children. He worked for Denver-based Thompson Pipe and Steel Co. and later formed Dodson Engineered Products in 1969, which his son David now runs.
Dodson was named Citizen of the Year by the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association in 2001. He was an original member of the groups that developed the Glenwood Springs Golf Course and the Rifle Creek Golf Course and was an incorporater of the Bank of Glenwood in 1963. He was a founding charter member of the Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge 2286.
Personally, Dodson was a very involved people person with an active social life who always enjoyed a good time. He loved traveling and the great outdoors. He’d strike up a conversation with anyone around him. He once picked up a hitchhiker years ago who was a painter that didn’t have money. Dodson bought the man some paint and paid the man to paint his garage. The man recently asked about Dodson after many years and said he would never forget his generosity, Dodson’s son said.
Dodson was chairman of the state highway commission when the Glenwood Canyon extension of Interstate 70 was built and when Eisenhower Tunnel was bored. His name appears on a plaque outside the tunnel. He received the Roderick L. Downing Award from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the University of Colorado in 1996 for his contributions to state transportation. CU honored him with an alumni recognition award in 1991.
In 1978, Dodson began nine years as chair of the Colorado Highway Users Conference, an organization promoting safe and efficient state highways. He began 17 years as chair of the Club 20 Transportation Committee in 1980, a group focusing on Western Colorado Highways. He also served on Governor Romer’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel and participated in numerous service organizations and community groups.
Dodson also received the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a tribute by Rep. Scott McInnis and resolutions by Club 20 and Glenwood Springs honoring his achievements.
Dodson is survived by his son David Dodson and his daughter Donell Deane of Durango plus many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years in 1995 and his sister, Iris Rector, in 2004.
Despite his many achievements, Dodson displayed modesty in a March 2001 letter, writing in closing, “I must say that my many friends and associates have been a contributing factor to all of this. So, thank you all.”