Everett Doten II, 73

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 1:27pm

Everett "Dody" C. Doten II, born August 24, 1937, in Plymouth, Mass., passed away from Lewys Body Dementia on April 23, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyfton Orlin and Sarah Elizabeth Owens Doten. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Lorraine "Raine" Sanchez; son Dody and wife Wendy; son John, wife Lisa, son Chris, and granddaughter Danielle; all of Tampa, Fla. He is also survived by two brothers, Elmer Lawrence of Abington, Mass.; and Clyfton Orlin of Plymouth, Mass.; his Uncle George and wife Ramona Card Doten, of Portland, Conn; as well as brothers- and sister-in-laws and many loving nieces and nephews.

Dody graduated from Plymouth High School in 1955, then spent the summer playing the bass fiddle on Block Island, where he met his future wife.

Dody then joined the Air Force as a radar operator. Upon leaving the Air Force, he furthered his education by attending Berkley Prep in Boston and Bedford Institute of Technology in New Bedford, Mass.

Dody and Raine moved to Florida where he went to work for GTE. He retired as a systems engineer in 1997. Since retirement (as well as throughout his life) he has played the bass fiddle for several bands. He most recently participated with the Swing Sound Orchestra, The Sun City Center Big Band, The Ten O' Clock Band, and the Blue Notes.

A celebration of life service will be held at Bethel Assemblies of God at 1510 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, Fla., on Saturday May 14 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lifepath Hospice or Lewys Body Dementia at www.lbda.org.