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Derek Rodney Dotson, 32, died Nov. 18, 2017, in Ketchikan.
He was born Nov. 27, 1984, to Raymond and Gayle Dotson.
He attended Ketchikan schools, and worked many jobs, including I Even Do Windows, Amak Towing, and Southeast Stevedoring.
“Derek had an infectious smile and a kind heart, making many friends,” his family writes. “He enjoyed helping people.”
Mr. Dotson was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Dotson; and grandparents, Robert “Red” Dotson, Dale R. Whitesides and Thelma Whitesides.
He is survived by his mother, Gayle Dotson; son, Bentley Ray Dotson; grandmother, Irene Dotson; uncles, Roger Amundson, Byron Whitesides, Roger Whitesides, Dennis Whitesides and Frank Whitesides; aunts, Mary Anderson, Susan Dotson, Dayle Amundson and Doreen Kelly; and many cousins.
A celebration of life for Mr. Dotson will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 27, 2017, at the Redman Hall.