Brian Christopher Dodson
Jul 7, 1976 - Aug 5, 2014
Brian Christopher Dodson, beloved teacher
July 7, 1976 – August 5, 2014
Brian Dodson was an inspired and beloved educator who left an indelible impression on his campus and community.
In addition to chairing the Theology department and teaching all class levels at St. Francis Catholic High School, Mr. Dodson led summer classes for junior high school and incoming freshman students. He was very involved in campus life, coaching the St. Francis Mock Trial and Model United Nations academic teams and mentoring the robotics team. He was also the faculty advisor for the Mini-Lifesavers pro-life student club and represented St. Francis at the annual Walk for Life. Brian will be fondly remembered for dressing up like St. Francis of Assisi on feast days and for “Dodson Says,” his ultra-challenging version of Simon Says that allowed victorious students to record their name on the Golden Scroll of Victory in his classroom.
Brian was born in Dallas, Texas to parents Bill and Patty Dodson. He graduated high school from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Business from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He later received his Masters in Theology from the University of Dallas. Brian was the first Catholic educator to be accepted into the rigorous Educational Leadership doctoral program at the University of California CANDEL.
Brian was a beloved husband, father, son and brother. Brian met his wife, Carrie, in Dallas in 2004 at the wedding of their siblings (who, very coincidentally, are also named Bryan and Carrie). The couple was married two years later in a gorgeous rooftop ceremony in Santa Barbara. Brian and Carrie settled into their new home in 2006 in Rancho Murieta, near Carrie’s parents, John and Julie Davis. In May of 2011, Carrie and Brian welcomed their beautiful son, Charles Gabriel Dodson.
Anyone who spent time with Brian saw him as a generous friend and natural leader. He had a passion for learning, and was a serious reader and movie buff. His open mind and respect and interest in others’ perspectives resulted in interesting, thought-provoking dialogue. He was a loyal friend to many.
Brian passed away unexpectedly on August 5. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Ann, and son, Charlie; parents, Bill and Patty Dodson; sister and brother-in-law, Carrie Jean and Bryan, and niece, Avery; and father- and mother-in-law, John and Julie Davis. Brian will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and all of the students and faculty he inspired and served.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Aug. 12 at St. Francis High School in Sacramento.