Dr. Jerry Paul Dodson
1943 ~ 2013
Dr. Jerry Paul Dodson was born in LaPorte, Indiana to Francis P. and Martha H. Dodson. In 1961, he graduated as a member of the National Honors Society from Elston High School in Michigan City, Indiana. While working on his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State University, Jerry worked in the University library and dining room as well as at various factories during the summer. He subsequently taught in the Indiana public school system. Jerry went on to receive his MS and PhD. degrees in Counseling from Purdue University. In 1970, he began working in the Counseling Center and teaching in the Psychology Department at Boise State College. He moved to teaching full-time during 1975 and attained the rank of Professor of Psychology. He taught a variety of classes at Boise State and was in charge of the Psychology Department internship program for many years. He retired in 2003. Jerry was also a licensed psychologist in Idaho, where he did some private practice and consulting work. He was appointed to the Board of Psychologist Examiners, serving from 1995 to 1999. Jerry was also a board member of Boise NAMI.
Jerry had a wide range of interests and quickly became good at whatever he attempted. For many years, he umpired baseball and later, slow-pitch softball. He was proud to have been selected to work in a number of regional tournaments in Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Idaho. Jerry had a fine musical ear and taught himself to play piano and drums. He played drums in bands around the Treasure Valley. Jerry played competitive contract bridge for a brief period of time and quickly attained Junior Masters status. He also enjoyed throwing/playing darts competitively and with friends. Jerry enjoyed playing in Scrabble tournaments around the Northwest. He even finished "in the money" in several events. He also took great pride in constructing a beautiful campfire, even in adverse conditions, during many a camping and/or hiking trip.
Jerry was married to Beverly Ginther, and they had a bright, beautiful, and talented daughter, Darlene J. Dodson. Jerry and Beverly later divorced. He married Margaret Ann Ward, and they later divorced. Jerry wanted this obituary to say that he finally married the love of his life, the treasure of his soul, and his other half, Raquel Alicia Ochoa. He wanted it noted that they spent twenty happy years together.
Jerry's father, mother, and younger brothers, Patrick and Richard, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Raquel Dodson, his daughter Darlene Dodson (Steve Morrow), his sister Kathy Morris (Ron) and his wonderful grandchildren: Kellen, Damon, and Alexa. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
Jerry died at age 69 after fighting a rare form of cancer for three years. Special thanks are extended to Dr. William Kreisle and the caring staff at Mountain States Tumor Institute and Dr. Mark Michaud.
At his request, there will not be a funeral service. At a later date, Jerry's ashes will be scattered at one of his favorite places in the mountains.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the BSU Psychology Department or
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on Jerry's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 27, 2013