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1940 ~ 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Alan Dodd, 83, passed away at his home in Colorado Springs, CO, on November 22, 2023. After a short time apart, he has now joined his beloved wife Patricia in Heaven for eternity. Alan's Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Trinity Church in Portales, at 2:00 pm, with Kelly Fulfer officiating. Service and burial arrangements are being made by Wheeler Mortuary. There will be no graveside service.
Alan was born on September 3, 1940, in Hartford, Arkansas to John and Donna Dodd. In his early childhood, Alan and his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Alan had a passion for music at an early age, which grew into a career, where he traveled playing in bands and recording music. Alan later studied classical music at the University of New Mexico where he received a B.A. in Music Theory. When Alan started his family, he opened up a wholesale music business and simultaneously gave private guitar lessons.
During Alan's time at UNM, he met the love of his life. They married and began their journey of 61 years together. Alan became a Christian along with Patricia in the early years of their marriage. Their faith was the cornerstone of their lives. Alan felt called to search deeper for what the Lord was calling him to do, and they were called to Portales, NM. There, he received a M.A. in Religion from ENMU, reflecting his profound love for the Gospel and for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Alan’s commitment to his faith extended to his family and his many roles in ministry such as a worship performer, a church choral director, and a home group leader. During his time in Albuquerque and Portales, Alan wrote music and performed with his family and friends in a traveling band. His love for the guitar manifested in his skill as a classical guitarist and his authorship and publication of several teaching books, leaving a musical legacy that will be cherished by all. Together with his beloved wife, Patricia Dodd, Alan actively participated in various small groups/life groups throughout their years in the church, fostering deep connections within their community.
Continuing his education, Alan went back to ENMU and graduated with an M.A. in Adolescent Psychology and went on to serve the youth of Portales as a junior high counselor for 20 years, dedicating 16 of those years to PJHS. Alan also spent several years as the ENMU Director of Upward Bound, mentoring and teaching the underserved youth of New Mexico. His passion for education and guiding young minds left a lasting impact on countless lives. Alan was blessed to have received many letters of gratitude from past students, thanking him for the positive impact he made on their lives.
Alan is now reunited with his wife, Patricia Dodd, in the presence of their beloved Lord Jesus, a reflection of the deep Christian faith that guided their lives.
He is survived by his children, Rick Chadwick, Laura Ham (Michael), David Dodd (Amanda), and Matthew Dodd (Krystle). Alan’s legacy extends to his cherished grandchildren: Nicholas Chadwick (Brenda), Nathaniel Chadwick (Christina), Rachael MacPhee (Drew), Rabekah Smail (Mitch), Shiloh Broadway (Rusti), Seth Ham (Amara), Kristin Westbrook (Tyler), Keenan Dodd (Shannia), Benjamin Boren, Cameron Dodd, Thadeus Dodd, and Edda Dodd, along with twelve wonderful great-grandchildren.
Alan’s memory is also held dear by his surviving sister, Carol Ann Worthing. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Barry Alan Dodd and Jerman Donna Stewart Dodd, as well as his late sisters: Dolores Sloan, Evelyn Marie Walker, and Virginia Lee Beattie.
In the face of our family’s loss, the Dodd family finds solace and comfort in knowing that Alan has entered heaven, where he continues his journey with the love of his life, Patricia, praising Jesus for the rest of their days. May his soul rest in eternal peace.