Steve Dodson Dies

1940 - 2017

Steve Dodson passed through Heaven's gate on Friday, March 10th. He will be missed more than words can express.

Steve was a Christian and an extraordinary man. He believed that "God is first, others are second, and I am third," and lived his life just that way. He was always ready to lend a hand to family, friends and strangers. He not only was a great teacher of the game of golf, but he also passed on many life lessons and shared so much of himself. He always said the 10 two-letter words to success were "If it is to be, it is up to me." Everyone whose life Steve touched learned this phrase from him.

Steve Dodson obit pic.jpgSteve was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 19, 1940 to O.C. and Eileen Dodson. Growing up in Oklahoma City, he started as a caddy at a young age, and found a great love for the game of golf at Walnut Creek Country Club. He played on the Golden State Golf Tour in California for several years and was a teaching golf professional for many years in various places around the country. He participated in the International 4-man best ball tournament in Scotland with his Pinery Country Club team from Parker, Colorado, and winning at St. Andrews was definitely a highlight of his life.

Steve was an oil and gas landman, and a mud engineer as well. He owned and operated Cowboy Resources, Inc. in Denver before relocating to California to work with Kelt Oil and Gas, a UK based company.

25 years ago, Steve and his wife, Debra moved to Cabo San Lucas with the Dye golf course design company and Sunrise Corporation of Palm Desert to build the proposed Cabo San Lucas Country Club.

Steve served as the Director of Golf at the Country Club for 10 years, raising the bar in the golfing community. He was a pioneer in Los Cabos golf, and was selected as the golf professional of the year for Mexico for two consecutive years.

He was responsible for bringing the Los Cabos International PGA golf tournaments to Los Cabos, televising the event, attracting golfers from all over the world, and putting Los Cabos Golf on the map. He also owned and operated Indian Head Golf Shop at Playa Grande Resort in Cabo.

Steve owned the first three Prudential Real Estate franchises in Mexico, owned Cabo Gold Realty, (which recently merged with Engle and Volkers Snell Real Estate in San Jose), and was a partner in his newest venture, The Buzz Coffee Shop.

Steve loved Cabo and loved to be an active part of the community. He was a member of the civic group, the Knights of Cortez.

Steve is survived by his wife, Debra; two daughters, Stephanie Dodson of Oklahoma City, and Johanna Vernick and husband Mitch of Austin, Texas; one son, Jason Dodson and wife Kelli of Norman, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren, Stevie Timanus of Oklahoma City, Scotty Timanus of Denver, Alex McCurley of Oklahoma City, Faith Vernick of Richmond, Virginia, Clark Vernick of Austin, Texas, Steven and Katie Dodson of Norman, Oklahoma; and 5 great grandchildren, Christian Timanus, Marley Timanus, Lila Timanus, Savannah Aguilar, and Charlie Martin.

Steve held a special place and admiration in his heart for his sister in law, Pat Paustian of Pueblo, Colorado, and his forever friends and Cabo family; Lilia Nava and her husband Alberto of Cabo San Lucas; son Beto Ruiz, from Oklahoma City; and Ana Ruiz from Dallas, Texas. Steve also had many nieces and nephews, and their families, and his brother-in-law, David Echols, that he loved and who will miss him.