Bradford John Dozier
1963 - 2018
Bradford John Dozier

September 24, 1963 - October 27, 2018

You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you - John Muir Bradford John Dozier passed away in a climbing accident in Alpine County on October 27, 2018. Brad was born September 24, 1963 to Jack and Shirley Dozier in Stockton, California.
Brad attended St. Mary's High School in Stockton, and graduated from University of California Berkeley in 1985 and McGeorge School of Law, passing the California Bar exam in 1989. He returned to Stockton to continue the law practice of his father Jack, and over succeeding decades developed a reputation for skilled and ethical legal work for a variety of corporate and private clients. Although a busy lawyer, Brad always had time to share stories with friends and family who dropped by the office. His work day often began with a special delivery from his mother of a coffee and bagel to share. An avid lifelong tennis player, his regular Friday battle with Larry Ferrari was perhaps finally beginning to bear fruit. While winter skiing was another favorite pastime, his true passion was hiking and climbing in the Sierra Nevada. His love of the mountains began in childhood with annual High Sierra backpacking trips with his family, where an appreciation of nature and man's place in it become ingrained. As an adult, he planned and executed an annual back-country hiking and climbing adventure when he would seek "the wildest place in the Sierras" with best friends Eric Firpo, Desmond Roche, nephews Hayden and Matthew Dozier, and in-law Brooke Wells. His routes were always challenging, inspiring, and as much off-trail as possible. He became proficient and skilled as a "peak bagger", participating in the annual Sierra Challenge organized by renowned climber Bob Burd and in 2018 alone recorded 67 ascents in the Sierra until his accident. He was driven and passionate but not reckless. Likely a single foot placement or hand hold that broke loose on Peak 9626 caused his untimely demise.
Brad's devotion to his family was always apparent, as was his guidance and encouragement for his children to stretch themselves and reach their own goals. He was their role model and hero whose steps they followed, since they knew for sure he knew the way.
Brad is survived by his loving wife of 26 years Ruanne Castro Dozier, and children "CJM3" - Carina, Mariel, and Joseph. He also leaves behind his mother Shirley Dozier, mother-in-law Nancy Castro, sister Julie Dozier Nelson (Jamie), and brothers Jeffrey (Linda) and Daniel (Ewa), and brothers-in-law Loren (Kathleen) and Greg (Laura). Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also mourn his passing. He is preceded in death by his father Jack Dozier and father-in-law Rudy Castro.
The family would like to thank the Alpine County Sheriff's office and the army of Search and Rescue personnel for their prolonged all-out effort to find and bring Brad home. Sheriff Rick Stephens, Deputy Taylor Green, and SAR coordinator Clint Celio are part of a compassionate and persistent team of hundreds of people that refuse to give up. We are forever grateful for the skill and unwavering commitment from everyone involved.
A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday November 20, 2:30 pm at Morris Chapel. A reception will follow, and a fine IPA will be raised in his honor. In remembrance, please send needed donations in Brad's name to Alpine County Search & Rescue, PO Box 278, Markleeville, CA 96120
Published by The Record from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2018.
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Memorial service
Morris Chapel, University of the Pacific
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For several months after the accident, thoughts of Brad were in my head almost every day. We were of similar age, with similar families, sharing the same passion for the mountains. I still think about him and his wife Ruanne from time to time, often a mental note to be careful in these mountains we love so much. I was recently on an unnamed peak a few miles from where the accident had taken place. I found a register on the summit left by Brad in September of that year. It was a quiet place for melancholy feeling surrounding that fateful day. Brad, you are still missed.
Bob Burd
June 25, 2021
Its been two years, and I still miss our conversations, your counsel integrity, and helping with your computers. I never known anyone so like minded, balanced, and caring.
Brad you are missed beyond any possible articulation. You started as my attorney as I'm sure you did for many, and ended up being so much more. We miss you, and hope you find the highest mountain peak to watch over us all.
Corey DeLasaux
November 5, 2020
Brad you are never forgotten...each time we go on a hike and look at the peaks....the memories with family and friends will be treasured forever.
Tricia Lam
November 5, 2020
So sorry to hear for Brad's family and friends. I have had Brad as my personal attorney for 10 years. As an attorney, there is no one that can replace him. He is the most honest and eithical person I have ever known. I also had the opportunity to do some work at his new office, and enjoyed spending time with Brad. The wold just lost one of the best people in it. He is going to be sorely missed.
Corey DeLasaux
December 26, 2018
robertmaurer his fatherwas my dad lawyerhe was my lawyer he help when i hadf promlem
November 20, 2018
I find it very hard to express how deeply sad we are about this. Brad was a wonderful man. I knew him from work, and he was our attorney and we have known Shirley for many years. Our hearts and love go out to Brad's family, to Shirley and the rest of her family. The world is a little dimmer without Brad and he will always be remembered with love and respect.
Vicki and Harvey Jordan
November 19, 2018
Brad was our family attorney for nearly 20 years. I found him to be a great thinker, compassionate, even-handed, a great conversationalist, and I was always amused to see how his mind worked. I am truly sorry for your loss. And for whatever time I knew him, he certainly made my life and that of my family more peaceful, secure, and comfortable, both as our attorney and as a friend and human being. I and my family will miss him.
Steven Cerri
November 19, 2018
Ruanne, Carina, Mariel and Joseph, Brad was one of my best friends in high school at St. Mary's. We were running partners on the cross country team, and we served together on the yearbook staff...Brad was an awesome photographer. Over the years, Brad has been inspirational over the miles. He delightfully showed up at my own mother's funeral in 2012. We send our love and peace to you, and may the grace of Almighty God bless and keep you. Rest in peace, my brother Brad!
Eric, Maria, Mario, Ethen, Gus and Isaac Lund
November 19, 2018
I'm truly sorry for your lost may god comfort you and your family at this difficult time at 1peter5:10 he will make your firm, he will make your strong,he will firmly ground you.May God strength you.
November 19, 2018
I knew Brad from Cal where we both attended the orientation. We were both from Stockton high schools and my parents and Brad's dad Jack were friends and business partners so Jack and my mom went on their way and Brad and I went ours. Later, Brad helped us on legal matters and was always friendly and informative. My family wishes the Dozier's our heartfelt condolences.
Danford Lee
November 17, 2018
Vince and I are still trying to get a grip on this horrible news. We had just met up with Brad a week prior to his accident and now this. Vince and I just can't seem to find the word to tell you how much we will miss Brad and how much he has meant to us. God Bless you and your family.
Lynett Contino
November 17, 2018
Ruanne, Carina, Mariel, and Joseph,
The Lam Family is saddened by the deep loss of Brad especially at such a young age. He was always so welcoming, personable and a pleasure to be with. We will miss him a lot but were fortunate to have known this special person.
Mary Lam
November 16, 2018
I remember Brad as a little boy running around outside with such energy! His dad loved how Brad's hair stood straight up. I have a vivid memory of his dad running his hand over his six year old son's head saying.....I love how his hair stands up! It makes him look smart! My sympathy To family and friends.
Jeanne Bibb Adams
November 16, 2018
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time in your life.
November 16, 2018
Ruanne Carina Mariel Joseph -Brad was a wonderful husband and father and a great friend to many keep those wonderful thoughts and memories in your hearts and know im here for you xoxo
Paula aka Auntie Poe Poe
November 16, 2018
The sadness in my heart for such an unexpected loss to the Dozier family and to everyone who knew Brad is hard to put in words. Brad's memory will not be forgotten as a wonderful, kind man who made a difference in this world. My sympathy and prayers for your family. Tricia
Tricia Lam
November 15, 2018
Ruane and family, today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
Mark Slaughter
November 15, 2018
You have all been in our thoughts and prayers..Words cannot due justice to how very sorry we are
Nancy Mauro
November 15, 2018
The Dozier family always took care of me. Their family has always been a part of our baseball family, and Brad along with Ruanne were always good to me and my family. We will miss Brad but his memory will live on through his children and Ruanne. Brad always brought good energy and positive vibes, and it was an honor to know him.
Joe Montanez
November 15, 2018
Carina, I know this won't be easy for you. It will be such a hard journey, but I am more than confident that your resilience will shine through here too. I think of you and hope for your well being. Rest in Peace, Mr. Dozier.
November 13, 2018
My heart goes out to the Dozier family. In high school, Brad was a good person and it felt he was going to be a good person throughout his whole life. It is a shame it ended so soon.
Tony Cortez
November 12, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family at this sorrowful time. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of your loved one. May mercy and peace and love be increased to you.
Jude 2
November 12, 2018
Dear Shirley,
Steph and I send you our love with our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your son, Brad.
Stu and Steph Jacobs
November 12, 2018
May you and your family find comfort in God's love. John 3:16 states this love and hope for the future. As you draw ever closer to God, may you find comfort in his words.

November 12, 2018
So sorry to hear this he was doing what he loved now he's climbing the highest peak
Michael Landes
November 11, 2018
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