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

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  1. Conan Moats says:

    RIP Coach Dodge. My favorite coach at MVHS. You really motivated me and were always a kid person to your students.

  2. What a blessing to have been a student and later a friend with Ray and Sue. Great memories. Prayers to the whole family 

  3. I remember him in the 1980’s. My thoughts and prayers go to his beloved family. May he rest in peace.

  4. Penn Bushong says:

    Wow, what great memories of Coach Dodge. As a coach, he was hard nosed but fair, often laughed and had a smile on his face. He knew how to make you WANT to work hard and enjoy doing it.
    After freshman football, I regularly visited with Coach Dodge at school, whenever I ran into him. Later, I had the pleasure of visiting with him at several of the Ernie & Liz Bayer get togethers & it was always good catching up.
    Just a solid, standup, class act. He is one of the many men that I was fortunate to be around, to learn how to act & treat people with respect, how to work hard but enjoy doing it.
    Thanks Coach! You will be missed.

    1. Penn Bushong says:

      I went to a few of my older brothers frosh summer football practices when I was in 6th grade, just to be around it. He acknowledged me during the first practice & put me to work- “hey, red, grab those balls & bring them over here.” “Hey red, can you bring me those cones?”He didn’t need my help, he was just making me feel important.

  5. Tom Hagen says:

    Thanks for being such a great man, Coach Dodge. You made a lasting impression on a lot of students over the years. Here’s a fond memory of Coach: When he was teaching Driver’s Ed. and would take the students around the neighborhoods while they practiced driving, we would see them coming down the street and we’d all run and dive in to the bushes like maniacs. Coach thought it was hilarious, which is why I think our street was part of his regular route for the students. Coach Dodge was my Freshman and Senior P.E. coach at mission. Always on of my favorites.

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