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Kenneth Norman Dotson was born October 16, 1941. He died on approximately July 7, 2009.

He was born and raised in San Rafael, California and moved to Northern California in 1988. One of his favorite hobbies was to create animal figures and creatures out of everyday objects. When he was an auto mechanic his creations were made of old car parts. Even after 30 years he could name the type of car that each part came from. Later in life he found joy in making creations from wood. He would gather wood from the river and ocean beaches near his home. His trunk would be full of small and large wooden shapes (lots of rocks made it home too) whose edges were softened by water and sand. He would assemble them with eyes and legs, or hang them from string, paint them with bright colors (or not), give them as gifts or sell them at a couple of special local stores (never for the money, and only when he could part with them). He will be remembered as being creative, caring and giving.

He is survived by brothers Duane, Ronald and Richard; daughters Tracy Dotson, Tammy Dotson, and Terry Dotson, all of Eureka, and Toni Genaro of Miranda; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Anyone who knew him felt his kindness, and enjoyed his company. We all miss him very much. In lieu of services we ask that you give to local community centers that support mental illness, suicide prevention and missing persons. Thank you to the local community for the love and support shown through this tough time.

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