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Garry Linn Dodge
September 15, 1964 ~ August 6, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Garry Linn Dodge of Prineville, Oregon, passed away shortly after midnight August 6th after a long battle with various illnesses. He was 58 years old.
Garry was born to Orville and Gwendolyn Dodge in Medford, Oregon on September 15, 1964. In 1982 he graduated from Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon. Enjoying an interest in cars, Garry briefly entered an apprenticeship in auto-mechanics and later worked in construction before a work injury and the surgery that followed forced Garry to file for disability. In 1986, Garry married Kimberly Vinzant and together raised two children- Kristyn and Greggory. While they divorced in 1994, they maintained an amiable friendship.
Garry enjoyed many things, including NASCAR, Baseball, Oregon Football, having coffee with friends, and working with the Boy Scouts of America. As both of his children became more involved in Scouting, Garry volunteered as a parent chaperone for his son’s Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop, as Committee Chair for his daughter’s Venturing crew, and as District Training Chair for the Fremont District in the Crater Lake Council. In 2006, Garry was honored with his son by being inducted together into the Order of the Arrow for exemplary leadership and for utilizing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law in their daily lives. In 2011 Garry stepped down as Training Chair and retired from the BSA.
While Garry struggled with chronic pain for most of his life, he used that struggle to teach his children about courage and perseverance despite life’s struggles. Valuing integrity and loyalty, he set an example as a great friend and how important is dedication to family.
Garry is preceded in death by his father Orville, his mother Amy Gwendolyn, his brother Glenn, and his brother Claude. Garry is survived by his daughter Kristyn (Robert) of Oakridge, Oregon, his son Greggory of Prineville, Oregon, and two grandchildren.