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Mark Dotson

Mark David Dotson

Saturday, January 18th, 1958 - Friday, June 14th, 2019
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Mark David Dotson, age 61, passed away Friday, June 14 2019, following an auto accident. He
was born in Milford, Utah Jan 18, 1958 to Mark Robert and Betty Lou Barnes Dotson.
Mark grew up and attended school in Milford, Utah, but his mind, body, and soul were never far
from the western mountains he loved. As a boy, he followed his dad all over those hills
prospecting precious metals and hunting big game. As a teen and young man, Mark put some
of those learned skills to work on drilling rigs that dotted the Milford Valley.
Mark met and married a Beaver girl, Cathy Cartwright, at her parent’s home on October 20,
1979. Together they had two sons, Daniel Cameron and Cody R, and one daughter, Katie. They
later divorced.
Mark and Cathy began their lives together in St George where Mark worked for St. George
Steel as a welder. Later, the young family moved to Enoch where he worked for Western Rock
as an operator, but the desire to be his own boss and the call of those western hills brought him
back to Beaver County and the Milford Valley he loved.
Mark proudly served on the Milford City council from 1994-99, and also owned and operated
several businesses in town where his motto was “Live local, hire local” He took great pride in
being able to provide young families in his community decent jobs for decent wages. Under his
vision, West Hills Excavating did all of the dirt work for the Circle 4 feed mill and rail spur, and
built the Kiewit rail spur at the Murdock siding. By far his most ambitious, successful, and most
gratifying business endeavor was Western Utah Copper Company. He and his business
partners developed the mining claims and properties, and built a multi-million dollar flotation mill
and assay lab.
Mark loved spending time in the mountains, hunting with his family, and cooking in his dutch
ovens. Hamblin Valley was “God’s Country”, and the cabin at the Blue Jays was his little piece
of Heaven on Earth. He was a champion chainsaw wood cutter and could cut a load of wood
faster than we could load it. He was at his happiest sitting near a campfire surrounded by the
laughter and love of his large extended family. He loved practical jokes and had a contagious
knee-slapping laugh that filled any room he was in. He was never far from a diet coke and loved
Cathy’s homemade cinnamon rolls and green chili chicken enchiladas.
The last ten years of his life were hard ones. He suffered from ill health and the devastating
effects of addiction. He became a person he didn’t ever want to be. His struggles alienated him
from friends and family and broke all of our hearts. Mark is at peace now. He knows all the
stories his momma told him about Jesus are true and the kind, funny, loving, generous, hardworking, honest Mark is finally at home.
Mark is survived by his children Daniel (Joanne), Cody (Jessica), and Katie Wright (Clancy),
and their families. Brothers Larry, Ron (Yvonne), John (Patti), Israel (Genelle), Matthew
(Jacque), sister Kita, and their families. He was preceded in death by both parents, 3 baby
brothers, and a grandson Jack Wright.
A memorial service will be held at the Milford City Office building at 6pm on Friday June 21,
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    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 6:00pm
    Friday, June 21st, 2019 6:00pm
    Milford City Office Building
    26 South 100 west
    Milford, Utah 84751
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Ron Meachum

Posted at 08:59am
Dadgummit Mark I miss ya' bro. We sure had some great times together over the years. The memories of the old Shauntie and Bluejay's deer hunting camps keep rolling through my mind since you left us for "higher ground."
Dad, of course, brought us out and showed us first the site of the Shauntie camp. When we were kids he owned the mineral rights to many private mining claims there. And then you had the same dreams he had of developing those Shauntie claims and turned the old campsite into a better camp for our deer hunting adventures. Same with the Bluejay camp; you turned that into a more comfortable and habitable hunting camp with the addition of the little cabin (two "Tough Sheds" joined together).
So many wonderful memories you were a big part of Mark: The endless jokes us brothers shared around the campfire after a day of hunting; the laughter of the inevitable punchlines we all had memorized from rehashing the same old jokes year after year; rising at 5:00 a.m. for coffee during hunting season, then piling into the old cabless Willies jeeps to head for our "secret" hunting spots during 15-20 below Zero weather; coming back to camp after the morning hunt for a late breakfast----frozen to the bone. ;o} );
And then, there were the times "us brothers" and friends had our periodic get-togethers just to "get away from it all" now and again. We had hilarious fun together making fun of each other (and anyone else who had their funny quirks), but always in jest and never in a mean-spirited way. If anyone dared to venture out with us to that Bluejay camp they would also get the same good-natured ribbing from us brothers and come back for more another time.
Oh what fun we had bro! We all miss your contagious, bellowing laughter that we heard literally pealing off the canyon walls when we drove into camp for those get-togethers. The "variety" of Dutch Oven meals you loved to cook up: The steak and taters with onions; the steak and taters with onion, the steak and taters with onions, the steak and taters with onions.
And of course, the steak and taters with onions. ;0).
So many memories you were a direct instigator of Mark, and not to forget the practical jokes we all played on one another in those days.
But that's another chapter that could be put in book form if time and space permitted here.
So long bro; may you rest in peace in your beloved Hamblin Valley and Bluejay camp. One of these days we'll all get together again on "the other side" with our kids, grandchildren and their grandchildren, for some memory sharing. And for sure, when we do we'll treat you with your favorite Dutch Oven meal: Steak cooked rare (meaning "raw") with taters with onions.
See you next time brother, you won't be forgotten.

LaFaun Marie Pollock-Barnson

Posted at 04:44am
Dutch oven fire Mark's style. Scrap wood. Matches. Gasoline. Arrange wood in the fire pit. Pour half of the gasoline on the wood. Light the wood and gasoline with the matches. Let the fire burn down a little bit. Pour the rest of the gasoline on the fire. Run real fast away from the fire. Check for singed hair. Cuss and laugh. Add more wood. Prepare a tasty Dutch oven meal. Best results happen at the Blue Jays.
Mark, as a fixture of South Western Utah, you will be greatly missed. I am looking forward to the day I meet the you I have loved so much, and in all honesty, I will miss a few of the things that made me crazy.
To Mark's family, you are adored by him! I'm sorry you have had to endure these years of having to watch such a cunning mind deteriorating, all the time knowing it would take death to bring him back to you. How wonderful it is to know our Redeemer lives and because He lives we will all conquer death. All my love, thoughts and prayers.

LaFaun M Barnson

Posted at 03:05am
Till we meet again, healthy of mind, body and spirit. Marie
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Roger Robinson

Posted at 07:30pm
To Cousin Mark's Family,
we extend our deepest condolences to one and all. Everything said on this obit is Mark. He had a big and great heart and was generous to his family and friends. His health issues were troubling no doubt and that was sad to witness. HIs Dad, and Mom ,Uncle Bob and Aunt Betty raised him with good work ethics. We share in your loss and our hearts are filled with sadness, but Mark's journey in this life is complete.. May our Heavenly Father comfort each of you. Sincerely, Roger & Elaine Robinson, Parowan, Utah

Stephen McKay

Posted at 06:05pm
About 20 years ago I was doing some geophysics for Mark and the work took longer than anticipated. I needed to be at my daughters baptism but I only had one truck and my crew needed it to get the job done. Mark did not hesitate when he over heard me talking to one of my guys, he just came over and told me to get in that truck and not be late for her Baptism and to enjoy the afternoon with her. Not many guys would have done that. We continued with our friendship ever since, and talked a few times a month.
It was a pleasure knowing him and getting to become friends with Cathy, Cody and Daniel.

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