Richard Carlton Dodson

May 31, 1934January 30, 2019

Richard Carlton Dodson known affectionately by his poker buddies as “Yoda” passed away in comfort surrounded by his son Daniel L. Dodson and daughter D’Anne Dodson Martin at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 84. Richard was born to Estell and Anna Dodson May 31, 1934 in the home where he was raised in Mangum, Oklahoma. Richard graduated as salutatorian from Mangum High School in 1952. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Oriskany July 1953-1957. He returned to attend college at Southwestern Oklahoma State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma in 1957 where he met his wife Jerry Lee Cooper. They were married in 1960 and enjoyed 34 wonderful years of marriage. He graduated with a B.S degree in mathematics and minors in physics and chemistry from Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma. Richard went on to work for the government at Tinker Air Force Base for 30 years as a mathematician and computer programmer. His interests included hunting, fishing, music (especially jazz), dancing, refereeing soccer and he liked to travel. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, wife Jerry Lee Dodson, brother Melvin Dodson and sister Frances Laverne Dodson Manning. He is survived by his two children Daniel Lee Dodson (Andrea) and D’Anne Dodson Martin (Tony), four grandchildren Kyle Richard Dodson, Eric Bruce Dodson, Chandler Victoria Martin and Quinn Connor Martin. He is also survived by his second wife Rainey Dodson. Visitation with the family present will be held Monday, February 4, 2019 between the hours of 5pm and 8pm at Bill Merritt Funeral Service 6201 N. W. 39th Expressway, Bethany, Oklahoma. Graveside services will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Sunset Memorial Gardens 2301 E. Indian Hills Road in Norman, Oklahoma at 2 pm.


  • Dan Dodson
  • D'Anne Martin
  • Eric Dodson
  • Hugh Martin
  • Brent MacKay
  • Todd Jenson
  • Kyle Dodson, Honorary
  • Chandler Martin, Honorary
  • Quinn Martin, Honorary
  • Lance Anderson, Honorary
  • Russ Blasing, Honorary
  • Jim Cobbs, Honorary
  • Len Wilson, Honorary
  • Roger Morris, Honorary
  • Dan Lanagan, Honorary
  • Ed Metzger, Honorary
  • Aaron Lawrence, Honorary


  • Visitation Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Richard Carlton Dodson

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Todd Jenson

February 4, 2019

I met Richard at one of our regular poker nights. That was over 25 years ago. We called him Yoda. I gave him that nickname because as we know, Yoda in Star Wars is tough to beat. If you went one-on-one with Richard, as with Yoda, you came out more often than not on the losing side. I had one of those one-on-one battles with Richard and I lost! I said "going against Richard is like battling Yoda". The name stuck! I also would kid Richard about his age or accuse him of being a card counter since he was so good at mathematics. He took the kidding with great ease, patience, and with a great spirit. He was a wonderful man to be around! I looked forward to seeing him each time we played.

Richard was a really good poker player, but it did not take long to find out that Richard was an even better person. You could tell he had high values, great character, and was a wonderful human being. We, his poker buddies, will miss him! He was a dear friend to me and all of us!

To the family, please know that I am praying for you all as you deal with the loss of Richard.

Brent MacKay

January 31, 2019

I met Richard soon after coming to work at Tinker AFB (1986). We both worked E-3 related s/w for many years. We didn't work directly together but I knew right away he was very bright and saw what a great asset to the E-3 program he was. He always was soft spoken and had a gentle spirit about him. Later I found out that he played a little poker and Richard joined our regular, very small stakes, monthly game. That was 25-ish years ago and it seems like yesterday. Somewhere along the way, we started referring to our group as OCPPA (Oklahoma City Poker Players Association). We have nicknames for everyone and Richard was known to us as "Yoda". It was/is definitely a title of respect. Yoda was the Jedi master of our poker game. He was a great addition to our game. But as grateful as I am for him to our game, it pales in comparison to having him as a friend. I loved his wonderful and often dry sense of humor. He also had a 'smart' sense of humor. You kinda had to pay attention or it might go right over your head. He was a kind, kind man and he will be sorely missed. My prayers for comfort go out to all of his family and loved ones.
I've included a picture of an OCPPA meeting. (fyi: It's at the beginning of a game so Yoda has taken all my chips yet. ha. I'm "Bmac" and I'm wearing black Nike teeshirt at end of the table. Clockwise from me: Two-Two, Stealth, Viper, Surgeon, Leonitus, SirEd, Yoda and Cowboy.)