Raymond George Dodge

Raymond George Dodge

September 05, 1926 - October 04, 2020
Mission Viejo California

Raymond George Dodge

September 05, 1926 - October 04, 2020
Mission Viejo California



September 5, 1926 – October 4, 2020

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather

Ray was born on September 5, 1926 in Akron, Ohio.  He joined the Navy in 1943 and served for 2 years.  He graduated from Kent State University. He moved to California in 1963.  He taught and coached at Bellflower High School for two years.  Ray was part of opening Mission Viejo High School in 1966.  He then went on to become Athletic Director and Football Coach.  He also taught Health and Driver’s Education classes for many years.  He retired in 1998 and spent many happy years with his wife Susan Dodge.  They were married for 32 years.  Ray loved to fish and camp in the Eastern Sierra Mountains.  He also loved to attend his grandchildren’s many sporting events such as soccer, baseball, basketball and football.  He will always be remembered as “Coach Dodge” by his friends and “Grandpa Ray” who made the best milkshakes ever!!

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16 responses to Raymond George Dodge

  1. Coach Dodge was one of my favorites back in high school. He always had time for me and always challenging me to be my best on and off the court/ field. He was great mentor to many Diablos. RIP coach!

  2. Rick Krenz says:

    Coach Dodge was a fixture and I always remembered how I never saw him in long pants, always shorts. TIP Sir

  3. TONI UPTON says:


    There are many happy memories shown in those pictures. Ray was a handsome guy. I wish I could have known him. There are a lot of loving statements in the guest book. He is remembered by many friends and students.


  4. Carol Manley says:

    God bless you Sue and your families.

  5. Bill Davis says:

    We just had the 51st reunion for the Class of 70. Coach Dodge’s name came up often as best liked and respected coach at Mission. I was not aware he had passed. Even though I had not seen him in many years upon hearing this news gave me a great sense of loss.
    Coach Dodge was an easy going leader of MVHS sports and PE. He coached us well and taught us to do our best. His half time football speeches inspired us even when we didn’t win (which was often in my senior year) but he instilled a love of the game.
    Thank you for sharing him with us as kids and leaving us with great memories.
    Sincerely, Bill Davis Class of 1970.

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