Bruce Dodson


Samuel Bruce Dodson, 81, of King City, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at his home with his family at his side. He was born April 8, 1937, in Oakland.

In his early years, he was a boy scout. He graduated from Cal Poly and was a rodeo clown. He moved to San Lucas and worked at Eade’s Feedlot as a cowboy and ranch hand. It was there he met his wife of 56 years, Melvina. They were married Nov. 24, 1961.

After working at the feedlot he became the business owner of Wildhorse Café (where he said he went from feeding cattle to feeding people). He was also the business owner of Wildhorse Propane and Ciudad Del Rey Store, Motel and Trailer Park.

Bruce enjoyed hunting and fishing. He went to Alaska where he shot his first moose. He also enjoyed going on hunting trips to Montana, Wyoming, and Texas. His fishing excursions included Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Oregon, Bishop, and Monterey. Bruce was an active member of the NRA and was president of the SoMoCo Fire Board. Bruce especially enjoyed the outdoors; going to the ranches where he would help with cattle.

Bruce was a loving father, husband and caring person. He always had a smile on his face and was happy to just be here with an outlook that each day brought a great day. Bruce is survived by his wife, Melvina; son, Steve and his wife, Debra; daughter, Katie and her husband, Jeff ; grandchildren, Tristan, Breana and Anthony Magaraci and Savannah De Martimprey and her husband, Tim; great-grandchild, Abygail Bella Rains; brother, John and his wife, Vicky.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, in the King City District Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to attend the graveside. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the graveside in the Orradre Building of the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Bruce’s honor to the Relay for Life and VNA Hospice. Arrangements were entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 429 Bassett St., King City, (831) 385- 5400, www.EFS-Cares.com.

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