Seth Arvid Dodge 1916 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Seth Arvid Dodge passed away peacefully at his Provo home Tuesday, February 22, 2011, just a week after his 95th birthday. He was born in Pima, AZ on February 14, 1916, the third child of Seth Lyman Dodge and Nettie Bingham Dodge. He grew up in Pima, Thatcher and Safford, AZ. He was called to serve an LDS mission in the Eastern Canadian area, where he met a sister missionary who would later become his wife, Clara Isaksen. "Ikey" and "Smiler" courted at BYU and were married in the Mesa Temple on October 10, 1940. After living in Phoenix for a few years, they moved to Orem, Utah, where they raised eight children. Raising their large family while caring for cherry and apple trees, horses, and many other animals, made their small farm on 400 West a busy and memorable place. The family particularly enjoyed boating, playing games, and regular family vacations. Arvid graduated from BYU and received a B. S. Degree, with a major in accounting and a minor in economics. He became a CPA and had a thriving accounting practice in Orem for many years. He was involved in the Provo Lion's Club for decades. He served in the LDS Church faithfully his entire life. His callings included scoutmaster, MIA presidency, Stake Presidency, Bishop, Temple Worker, Extraction Worker, Genealogist and Missionary. After retirement, Smiler and Ikey enjoyed traveling to many lands with family and friends. In 1981 they served in the Mississippi Jackson Mission, where they became even closer than before. Arvid was an avid genealogist, spending countless hours on the computer. The last 15+ years of their life, Arvid and Clara were snowbirds, living for several months each year in St. George at Meadow Creek, and the rest of the time at their home in Provo. They made many dear friends in both areas. Clara passed away in June 2009, and Arvid missed her so! He spent several months after she died living with each of his children. Over the past few months, his grandson, Seth and his wife Melinda, along with three great-grandsons and other family members, have been his loving caregivers. We will all miss his kindness, patience, guidance, unconditional love and wonderful sense of humor. His steadfastness in living the gospel has been a great example to everyone. Arvid is survived by three siblings: Florence McDaniel; Rex Dodge; and Fern Lively; eight children: S. Martin (Charlotte), Orem, UT; Donald (Linda), Pleasant Grove, UT (Currently serving in the Canada Toronto East Mission); Roger (Sallie), Saratoga Springs, UT; Donna (Randy Harris), Alpine, UT; Gary (Kirsten), SLC, UT; Randy (Chris), Salem, UT; Karlene (Gary Young), Toquerville, UT; Karl (Gunda Le), Midway, UT; 39 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Many others considered him a loving father as well. Arvid and Clara opened their home to many people through the years. Arvid was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Clara, and his sister Opal. Services will be held on Tuesday, March. 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Riverwoods Chapel, 4800 N. 300 W., Provo, UT. Friends and family are invited to gather at the same chapel from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, February 28, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com. Interment will be at the Orem City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Primary Children's Hospital.