In Memory of  Gilbert Keddie Dodgen age 65 born 12/29/1950, died 4/24/2016 - Trabuco Canyon, California


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Death Notice: Gil Dodgen, 65, formerly of Pullman
Apr 29, 2016

Gil Dodgen died Sunday, April 24, 2016, at his home in Trabuco Canyon, Calif. A memorial service will be held at noon May 7, 2016, atů more

 

 



 
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Obituary: Gil Dodgen, 65, formerly of Pullman
May 7, 2016

A small episode from Gil Dodgen's life might help you understand the sort of person he was: Picture a homeless kitten, lost and confused in Southern California traffic. A man sees her, stops his car in the middle of the street and rescues her, starting a lifelong companionship. Gil's life was characterized by excellence in everything he did, combined with a deep sympathy for those around him.

Gil was born Dec. 29, 1950, in Moscow, was raised in Pullman and received bachelor's degrees in music and French and a master's in French from Washington State University. He met and married his college sweetheart, Janie Gay of Prosser, Wash., who was also studying French at WSU. They would have celebrated 40 years of marriage next February.

The couple moved to Southern California, where Gil combined his sense of adventure with his literary education by becoming the editor of Hang Gliding magazine. While using computers to publish the magazine, he developed a passion for programming and, entirely self-taught, ended by creating the world's second-ranked computer checkers program, only surpassed by a program created by an entire computer science department with a team of graduate students.

Re-inventing himself again, Gil transformed his skill with computers and knowledge of aviation into a career as an aerospace software engineer, recently receiving an award from NASA for his contribution to the Orion spacecraft program.

Although music did not become Gil's career, his love of music infused his life. He was a classical pianist and was proud to be a member of the praise band in the church that brought so much meaning to his life.

Gil died suddenly on April 24 of a pulmonary embolism. He is survived by his wife, Janie; and their two children, Tracy and Shelley, both of whom Gil and Janie raised to a happy adulthood. He is also survived by his parents, Harold and Harriet Dodgen of Pullman; a sister, Cynthia Dodgen Schraer of Anchorage; and a brother, Stephen Dodgen of Pullman.

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