Westmont Magazine In Memory of Alex Dodds
Alex Dodds, a 1964 graduate of Westmont and a long-time Santa Barbara resident, died Nov. 28, 1999, following a battle with cancer.
He was born in Ellsworth, Kan., and his parents were missionaries in Africa. They spent their later working years pastoring churches from La Grange, Ill., to Bagdad, Ariz., where he spent his high school years. Alex made his home in Santa Barbara after graduating from Westmont.
As a tax consultant, he attained the professional designation of enrolled agent from the Department of the Treasury and participated in local Enrolled Agent Society meetings. He was also a registered representative for Financial Network Investment Corp. His special charm and quick mind perfectly suited his profession.
Many of Alex’s clients became part of his extended family. During his 30-year career as a tax consultant, he also displayed a talent for encouraging and mentoring other professionals in his field.
Outside of his business, Alex’s main priorities were his relationships with his family and with God.
His wife, Diane, and their sons, Jeff and Alex, will miss forever his smile and solid Christian leadership. Alex was the earthly hero of his wife and a tower of strength for his sons.
In addition to his immediate family, Alex leaves his two sisters, Margaret and Jean, and their respective husbands, Merritt and Marvin. Alex also leaves two brothers, David and Alan.
The congregation of Trinity Baptist Church was like a family to Alex, and a special bond of love existed there. He was involved in his church, especially the children’s ministry. His Wednesdays belonged to the children. Cars, racing, sight-seeing, football, the fifties, were all things that he enjoyed.