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Calvary Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery

3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX

OBITUARY

David Charles Dozier Jr.

December 4, 1938June 23, 2020

DAVID CHARLES DOZIER, JR. was born December 4, 1938 on the Santa Clara Pueblo Indian Reservation near Santa Fe, New Mexico. He passed away June 23, 2020, from complications due to Alzheimer’s. He graduated from Pharr San Juan Alamo High School in 1956 and the University of Dallas in 1960, its inaugural class. While at UD, he met Dianne Flusche; they married and together raised four children throughout their 60-year marriage.

People of all ages and walks of life gravitated to David because he was a fun-loving, hard-working, fiercely competitive, irreverent, beer-drinking, amazingly compassionate and loyal individual who loved his family and friends beyond words.

He began his professional career as a provocative, must-read sportswriter for the Texas Catholic newspaper, then took the opportunity to serve as the classified advertising director at the Dallas Times Herald.

In 1974, he and three partners formed DBG&H, an advertising agency that specialized in real estate. At its peak, DBG&H had more than 250 associates in eight offices across the southwest. In 1984, David was honored by President Reagan at a White House ceremony for his work promoting fair housing. He started The Dozier Company, a marketing and advertising firm, with his children in 1988.

His greatest pastime was running. Highlights of his running life include completing more than 9000 loops around White Rock Lake and more than 120 marathons. David enjoyed running marathons with friends across the country, including 32 consecutive White Rock/Dallas Marathons and 22 Boston Marathons, as well as the New York City, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, and St. George, Utah marathons each multiple times (several times back-to-back the same weekend). He helped more than 200 individuals train and complete their first marathon and was deeply connected to large groups that convened for years at the Dozier residence before and after entertaining runs.

David was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and served as an usher/head usher for more than 50 years. He was the parish’s first person to receive the Bishop’s Award for Service to the Church. David also volunteered as a certified trainer at the Downtown YMCA for more than 10 years and was named the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas outstanding volunteer in 1996. He was a memorable youth coach for his children’s sports teams. David was an avid fan of The University of Texas Longhorns and every team on which his children or grandchildren played.

He is survived by his wife Dianne, and their children and spouses, Debbie and Steve Hain, Becky and Shawn McCall, Mike and Kristine Dozier, and Connie and Greg Brevik, and their grandchildren, Cole and Ben McCall, Charlotte and Matt Hain, and Anna and Ella Dozier, as well as his sister and her husband, Bette and Bubba Haidusek and their family. He also leaves behind Wanda Dozier, Migue Dozier and Anya Enos, his cousins and their families of the Santa Clara Pueblo.

The family would like to thank the caregivers of Juliette Fowler and David’s many friends who visited him regularly while there.

David’s laughter, unlimited energy, and warmth will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the White Rock Lake Conservancy, Bishop Lynch High School, or St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the funeral will be private.

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MAREA WHITE (MEADOWS)

July 8, 2020

Dear Debbie, Becky, Mike, and Connie, I was doubly saddened to hear of the loss of both your Mom and your Dad. As you all know, your Dad was a unique character, a once in a life time kind of guy. Whether we were climbing into the station wagon or the VW with your Dad, we knew we were off to a fun adventure! Those late night preps for the well anticipated STA carnival are still so vivid in my memory bank. And of course, he was my best and most favorite basketball coach! It was always " White get in there" ," White dribble the ball" , "White put those bells on your shoes"!! Coach was sure a bunch of grade school girls running on to the court with actual ringing bells on their shoes would intimidate the other teams. I don't remember now, if we won more games than we lost, but he always made you feel like a winner. I will miss him and your Mom as well.
MAREA WHITE MEADOWS
t1up@meadowsanalysis.com

Dorie Scovill

July 7, 2020

I met Dave when our company was changing its name and logo.
I enjoyed working with him, he made it fun. After I retired I got such a nice letter from him.

It was an honor to know him. He will be missed.

Katherine Elrich

July 6, 2020

My family and I are grateful to have known David Dozier. For the past 20 + years since we have attended St. Thomas, we have been greeted with his wonderful smile as he welcomed us into the Church for Sunday morning Mass. He will be missed. Prayers for David and his family! May he rest in eternal peace and joy.

Sandra Hicks-McCullum

July 6, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Dave and my husband, Jim Hicks, used to run at White Rock many times. Jim passed in 2005. They also ran with Edwin Smith who passed 2 years ago. Dave was always very pleasant to me, the second wife, and always encouraged me to keep running. He was a very pleasant man, and just a great human being.

Mark Berry

July 2, 2020

Connie,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. Hugs and prayers out to your family. I was in that large family of the running community that your dad was such a huge part of. My favorite memory was the time we (Luke's Halfers) got to loop the lake with your dad. He literally knew everyone running around the lake. He would often stop to chat and then catch up with the group. I have a certificate buried somewhere in my archives that says I looped the lake with him! Your dad was a legend at White Rock and sound like from his obituary he was legendary elsewhere. When I see you, I see your dad and there is no mistaking your are his. Hope to see you somewhere soon and pay my respects in person. God bless you and family.

Mark Berry

Lane Sullivan

July 2, 2020

Diane and Debbie,

My sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to you and your families. So grateful for my PR career opportunity at DBGH, working with David, Martha, Anne Hall, Kyle Crews, the two of you, as well as the entire DBGH team. I'll never forget David asking me to pitch a story about him running back-to-back marathons to the sports writers at The Dallas Morning News and Times Herald. As you well know, he'd finish the White Rock Marathon in the morning, then fly to Arizona to run a second marathon! "David, I asked, "What on earth motivates you to do this? How can you physically run 52 miles in two days?! He replied, "Tell them I mix baby formula with beer, that's my special recipe for running back-to-back races." To my surprise, and his delight, David's crazy concoction and astonishing finish times made it into a Morning News sports column!
~ May fond memories and entertaining stories about David comfort you as you grieve his loss.

Most sincerely,
Lane Sullivan

Michael Marino

July 1, 2020

To: Dianne and your whole family:

My most sincere and deepest sympathy....David's passing leaves a huge void in the St Thomas Aquinas Community, fond memories that we all have shared of him.

The second paragraph of David's obituary could not have described him more accurately. My Dad introduced me to David when I was in the 7th or 8th grade at St Thomas, and we have been friends ever since. I will always remember our irreverent conversations, none that I can repeat on this venue, standing in the back of the church during Sunday Mass. Of course, Davis was the Head Usher, and I was always late.

David, you will always be in my treasured memories and in a special place in my heart. Until we see each other again "old buddy" God bless you and rest in peace.

Your friend always,

Michael Marino

Randy Moore

June 30, 2020

I can remember all of the fun I had running with David.
It took a while to adapt to his somewhat scientific running strategies, but it was all fun. (Besides going to North Park on ice days)

Memories bring tears

I’m looking forward to our next long run

See you in heaven Dave,

Randy


Ed Ratcliffe

June 30, 2020

I am saddened on hearing of the passing of David. I had the pleasure of first knowing David when he was the sportswriter for the Texas Catholic. I was in the first graduating class of Bishop Lynch H.S('66). I played all sports there and met David on several occasions.
I ran into David later when I worked for Willow Distributors(Coors beer) in the 70's and 80's. What a class guy.
I offer my condolences to his family and know that he will be missed immensely.
May he rest in peace!

Tom Shea

June 29, 2020

Dave Dozier was different. That’s it. He managed to see the world from another perspective. I will always be grateful to him and the many ways he helped me in my advertising career. His love of life was contagious, and he taught me breaking rules and boundaries are okay. Thank you for being a good mentor. Thank you for guiding me on the right path. And thank you for always a good laugh or two.

FROM THE FAMILY