George Otis Dudley, 80, died peacefully in his sleep on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at Turlock Nursing Center after suffering the long illness of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born April 1, 1934 in Lanham, MD to Howard Elton and Mary Lane Dudley (nee Gillogly). He attended schools mostly in Southern California where he was extremely active and successful on high school baseball and basketball teams. He served two years in the Army. At San Jose State College he played on the baseball team. He came to Brown/Turlock Jr High School where he taught mostly Physical Education until his retirement in 1998 after 37 years.
He always felt that he had the best job in the world and thoroughly enjoyed his teaching, coaching and after-school sport activities with his students.
Away from school he played tennis and softball on area teams and, enjoying many minor sports, was a worthy competitor. He passed on his affinity for sports to his children and they had good times together along with the many camping trips and family reunions. He was the best husband and father in all ways and we are so thankful he was ours.
George leaves his wife of 53 years, Mary, and children Lisa (Jay) Thorseth, Greg (Susie), Tom, Peggy (Tom) Clark, Dennis (Nadine), and grandchildren Will, Peter, and Megan Thorseth, Patrick and Brian Dudley, Molly, Maureen, Richard, Sean, and Harry Clark, and MaryAnn, Joe, Matt, Teresa, Thomas, John, and Paul Dudley. He also leaves his brothers Bob and Rich and sister Pat Skidmore and many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his grandson Ben and by brothers Guil, John and Danny.
Visitation and Rosary will be held at 7pm on Thursday, May 1 at Allen Mortuary. Mass will be at 10:00 on Friday, May 2 at All Saints Catholic Church, Turlock. Burial service will take place at 11:00 on Saturday at Turlock Memorial Park.