Marland "Pete" E.J. DoddSeptember 29, 1935 ~ December 13, 2017 (age 82)
Marland “Pete” E.J. Dodd, age 82, beloved longtime Granger, WA resident passed away on December 13, 2017 in Yakima, WA. Pete was born on September 29, 1935 in Antlers, OK the son of Rheba Eva (Melson) and Arnold Clingman Dodd. Pete received his education in Granger and graduated with the Granger High School Class of 1955. On May 19, 1958 he married the love of his life, Arvilla Eads in Pendleton, OR. Pete served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960. In his early years he worked as a truck driver for Leonardo Trucking Company, owned and operator the Mobile Gas Station in Granger. For many years Pete was a bus driver, maintenance and operations supervisor for the Granger School District until his retirement. Pete would always say I never wanted to live anywhere else but Granger, Washington. He was a true Granger Spartan Fan all of his life, spending many hours watching his children, grandchildren and many other students participate in sporting events. Pete enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, Westerns, playing Yahtzee with family and walking his dog, Buddy. Pete was a member of the Granger Lions Club.
He is survived by his four daughters, Coletta Rojas (Dan) of Kennewick, WA, Jovita Seto (Doug) Pasco, WA, Eva Carpenter (Craig) and Dana Carpenter (Brad) all of Granger, WA. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren with three on the way. One sister Carol Platsman (Chuck) of Sunnyside, WA. He is preceded in death by his wife Arvilla Dodd, parents, Arnold and Rheba Dodd, sister Normadean Thomas, brothers JB Dodd and AC Dodd. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Granger High School Auxiliary Gym. In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Pete’s memory may contribute to the Granger Athletic Booster Club. If you would like to sign Pete’s online memorial book you may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.