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Larry Duane Dotson

August 16, 1951 - October 5, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Larry  Duane Dotson

Larry Duane Dotson

Born: August 16, 1951
Died: October 5, 2019
Age: 68

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Larry was born on August 16th 1951 in Spencer, Iowa to Duane and Norma (Nelsen) Dotson.  He spent his childhood in Spencer, IA with his three younger siblings, Rod, Sharon, and Janet. Larry graduated from the Spencer High School in 1969. 

On July 6, 1974, Larry married Joan Uhe and to this union 2 children were born, Tony and Laura, who were both very dear to him.  Larry worked in various industries in his life, but the majority of his career was in car sales and management, where he quickly realized his knack for sales.  Larry was hands down a people person and car sales gave him the perfect opportunity to engage with people and share his passion of cars. Later in life, Larry was remarried to his childhood sweetheart, Danice Mingo on Thanksgiving Day 2001, whom he loved immensely and whole heartedly.

Larry had many hobbies including listening to the Beatles, playing his guitar, hunting/fishing, telling jokes, and writing poetry, but above all he LOVED sprint cars and shooting billiards. Larry was an exceptional billiards player.  He participated in pool league and many tournaments, where he often placed first or second place. It wasn’t until his health became poor that he had to give up this passion.  Most importantly, Larry was an absolute avid sprint car fan.  There was not a fact or statistic that Larry did not know when it came to sprint cars. Over an approximate 40 year time span, Larry did not miss many Knoxville National races; He had the same seats in the exact same section every year. This year, sadly Larry was not able to attend the Nationals, but instead watched them on his big screen with many family and friends.  Sprint cars gave Larry an opportunity to bond with his brother, Rod and his son, Tony. On Saturday, October 5, 2019, Larry Duane Dotson, loving husband, father, son, and friend of many, passed away in his home after a long health battle at the age of 68. 

Larry was preceded in death by his beloved son Tony Dotson, his father Duane Dotson, his sister Sharon (Dotson) Voss, and several other family members. He is survived by his wife, Danice (Mingo) Dotson, his mother Norma Dotson, his daughter Laura (Ben) Armstrong, his grandchildren Morgan and Brenan Armstrong, his step-children, Chad (Krissy) Tolle, Hope (Steve) Lopez, Anthony Trimboli, step grandchildren Megan, Christopher, Chelsy, Cooper, Braxton, and Audrey, his brother Rod Dotson, sister Janet (Dotson) Friesen, brother-in-law Craig Voss, several cousins, nieces,  nephews, aunts, uncles, and many close friends.

Larry will always be remembered by his quick wit and humor, his compassionate and romantic heart, his outgoing personality, his ability to engage anyone in a conversation, and his overall vast knowledge of many things.  He will be severely missed and his memories will be cherished by those who had the privilege to call him family and a friend.

Funeral Services will be 10:00A.M., Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 - 7:00P.M. Friday evening at the Warner Funeral Home.
Organist - Arla Kintigh
Soloist - Doug Stahly

"Because He Lives"
"How Great Thou Art"
Burial will be held at a later date, at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.


Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:55 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:36 AM
“Laura and family we are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Joe and Sue Skow”
- Sue Skow
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Laura and family. I am sadden to hear about your father passing. Praying for peace and comfort.”
- Chavon Struve
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“I have Very Happy memories of Larry and All
The Cousins. I was heartbroken to hear the News. But thought about his Great jokes; and Hilarious stories. And I felt better. He was a straight shooter; And a Genuine person! He will be missed; by us All! God rest his soul; I am
Sending him Peace and wishing All his Family the Best!
Continued pool in Heaven!

- Greg Dotson
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“I am so sorry my heart and prays are with you and your family..He will be missed rest in peace.”
- Nancy Merical
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 2:27 PM
“Danice and family, so sad to hear of Larry's passing. He was always fun to be around and great sense of humor. he will be missed by everyone who knew him. ”
- Bob Rausch
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 10:40 AM
“My deepest sympathies. Larry was a great man and loved by many. My conversations with Larry will always be treasured. ”
- Katie Cook
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM
“My sincere condolences to Rod and the entire Dotson family in their time of sorrow! I remember watching "Larry 8 ball" in awe at his mastery of the billiard table! ”
- Jay Santage
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:25 AM
“Rest in peace ”
- Deborah Black
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:09 AM
“May the peace of God surround your family at this time. You're in my prayers. Danice, Chad, and Hope, my thoughts are with you. ”
- Leslie Carter
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:09 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss of Larry May he rest in peace”
- David Smith
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:09 AM
“Our sympathy to Larry's family. He sold us several cars and was a great salesman. Very nice to work with. RIP Larry.”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6:48 PM
“I am so sorry to learn of Larry's passing. A kind hearted soul has left us and the Spencer class of 1969 is poorer for it. Blessings to his family.”
- Gene Hall
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:16 PM
“My sincere condolences at this very sad loss of Larry. May God grant you peace at this time. ”
- Chapman David R
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:16 PM
“so sorry to hear about Larry's passing, thoughts & prayers to your entire family. Larry was a great car salesman and an avid sprint car fan, had many talks about racing with him about the WoO ....Godspeed....”
- Rhonda & Steve (goobe) Essick
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:16 PM
“Larry was a wonderful classmate of the class of 1969. He will be missed. Prayers for the family.”
- Barb Preston Roundtree
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 5:16 PM
“Danice and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Larry. He was a classmate and a friend. I first met him in Junior High and at the skating rink after coming over from Sacred Heart. No more suffering, Larry, RIP!!
Keith and Vicki Peterson ”
- Vicki Peterson
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 11:24 AM
“To Danice,and families,my sincere condolences.may God speed his journey to heaven so he can Rest In Peace ”
- Jerry Harrold
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“To all of Larry's family I extend my deepest sympathy. May it comfort you to know he was loved by many. Prayers for all of you.”
- Annie Goldento
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