Dorwin Stoddard (AP Photo)
Everyone who knew Dorwin Stoddard thought he would die of complications from one of his 17 heart stents, or during one his numerous construction projects at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. During his latest project, he fell 20 feet when a ladder buckled, said his pastor and friend Michael Nowak.
When the shooting started Saturday, January 8, 2011 outside a Tucson supermaket, he dove to the ground, covering his wife Mavy, who was shot in the leg three times.
The couple had been grade school sweethearts growing up in Tucson. After their respective spouses died, they independently moved back to retire, became reacquainted and fell in love all over again.
Mavy Stoddard talked to her husband, who was shot in the head, for 10 minutes while he breathed heavily. Then he stopped breathing.
He had two sons from his first marriage, and Mavy has three daughters.
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