Leon Dodd

Leon J "Sergeant Major" Dodd

Sunday, December 4th, 1949 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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Dodd, Leon J.” Sergeant Major” of Arlington January 17. Father of Amanda Dodd of Arlington and Ian Thomas of New York. Son of Marilyn (Hassaian) and the late Joseph Dodikian. Brother of James Dodd of Arlington . Family and friends are invited to visiting hours Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00pm in The DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Avenue ARLINGTON. Leon was a Sergeant Major in the US Army serving in Vietnam and received Two Bronze Stars and served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He will be interred at Mass National Cemetery with Military Honors at a later date.
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    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
    1145 Massachusetts Ave.
    Arlington, MA 02476
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Posted at 03:33pm
So sorry to hear of Sargent Majors passing. I know him from groups at the Bedford VA. He was our peer leader. Very knowledgeable and helpful in matters relating to the VA Administration. RIP my friend.

William Fahnley

Posted at 02:43pm
Dear Marilyn, Jay And Amanda.

I’m so sorry to hear that Leon had passed away. Thinking of him brings back so many memories. Lewis, Scott, Leon, Hank, myself, all our friends from DeMolay, and others had so much fun growing up and discovering who we were and finding what path we would take to adulthood. (Some would argue that some of us never fully accepted adulthood or at best, took many years to get there). Scott’s term “bunch of misfits” fit us to a tee. I couldn’t begin to list our many adventures. Leon was always a good friend. I’m grateful to have had that great bunch of misfits for friends. I recall always being welcomed by there families also. It was a wonderful time and place to grow up. Thank you for being a friend, and thank for your service. May your spirit be as it always was, FREE!

Scott Harrison

Posted at 09:40am
Leon (alias Crazy Man) was part of a larger group young men who traveled our teen years together. We were a bunch of misfits but we had loads of fun. Some memories include poker games in his parents basement, learning many fine character building traits in DeMolay, ball games in all seasons, and his memorable car purchases. I believe one year Leon went thru eight cars. Crazy was the only one in our group brave enough to attend Woodstock. He was a free spirit but a fine friend.
I was blessed to reconnect with Leon about ten years ago and we remained email pals. Living in SC, I was only able to get face to face with Leon one time in recent years but we were refreshed with his latest tales of intrigue and mischief. You will be remembered and missed my friend and thank you for your service to our country. Leon was a patriot to the end!

Steven Cobleigh

Posted at 10:42pm
I served with Leon who provided some of the funniest moments, mostly out of uniform at Town Hanscom softball, football and NCO Club (and the Casual Lounge which preceded it) events by losing a disproportionate amount of games to younger, faster Air Force airfolk, but having the same disproportionate amount of fun along the way. It was the finest esprit de corps I have ever been a part of with Leon front and center. Leon would want us to look back... and smile at so many good times. I know he too is smiling and giving us that chortle of his as he looks down upon us who continue to soldier on.

Sharke Der Apkarian

Posted at 03:51pm
Dear Marilyn, Jay and Amanda,
My deepest condolences for your loss... May Leon rest in peace in the arms of our Lord

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