Donald â€śDonâ€ť L. Rodricks, 79, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Big Spring, Texas, has gone to be with the Lord with his wife, Carolyn; sons, Wayne, Gene and Steve; and his granddaughter, Kristie, by his side on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Gilbert, Ariz.
He was born Aug. 23, 1933, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Orville and Gertrude Rodricks. Don grew up in Southern California and enjoyed spending time at the beaches and mountains of Big Bear. Graduating from Canoga Park High School in 1952, Don served in the Army during the Korean War.
He moved to Big Spring, Texas, in 1961. On March 22, 2013, he and Carolyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Don worked at Webb Air Force Base as a civilian in the human resources department. In 1977, when the based closed, the family moved to Mesa, Ariz.
Donâ€™s humor was known by everyone and his smile was infectious. Don enjoyed talking about his children, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Orville Rodricks of Odessa, Texas, and Gertrude Rodricks of Big Spring, Texas; and his sister, Patricia Fitzgerald of California. Don leaves behind his wife, Carolyn; his sons, Wayne, Gene (Laurel) and Steve Rodricks; his grandchildren, Kristie and Michael Rodricks; and his great-grandsons, Ryan and Andrew Bromley.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, with a visitation one-hour prior, at First Southern Baptist Church, 851 North Stapley Dr., Mesa, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley at www.hov.org; or the Alzheimer's Foundation, www.alzfdn.org.
Arrangements are entrusted to Tempe Mortuary, Tempe, Ariz., 480-967-1643.