Danny Jay 'Poppa' Dodson

Danny passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by his family at the age of 64. He is preceded in death by his father, John Calvin (J.C.); his mother, Mattie Roberts and brother, Donald. He is survived by his wife Linda; his sons, Jason (wife Mandy), Curtis (wife Marina) and Luke;  nine grandchildren (Brittany, Bailee, Drake, Sawyer, Seth, Benjamin, Baker, Becca and Bru);  two great-grandchildren (Keith and Layne); brother, David; sisters, Robbin and Tammy and countless other family and friends.

Taft born and raised, Danny attended local schools and met his high school sweetheart Linda at the downtown cruise night where they became inseparable for over 46 years. True to his Taft roots, he worked in the oil industry for most of his life and especially took pride in his years as a volunteer firefighter. The epitome of a handy man, Danny loved working with his hands and checking things off the ‘honey-do’ list. He enjoyed deep sea fishing trips with his boys, weekend escapes to the coast with his wife and never met a toy he didn’t like (or need!). Poppa was his name and spoiling his grandkids was his game and it was a toss up who napped more- him or the babies. Always a big kid at heart, this tootsie roll pop eating jokester will be forever missed.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life in honor of Danny on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11am at The Fort in Taft, California.

Published on August 03, 2020