Published by Hartford Courant on December 11, 2021.
Kenneth Dootson Obituary (2021) – Glastonbury, CT
On Tuesday, December 7th, Kenneth (Ken) Dootson of Marlborough died peacefully after an uphill battle. Born in Fall River MA on December 21, 1945, Ken was the son of the late Clarence (Duke) and Muriel Dootson. Ken leaves behind his 30-year-old loving wife, Karen (Lawson) Dootson, and his two children, son Brett Dootson and daughter, Kendra Dootson, whom he loved dearly. Ken will also be sorely missed by his siblings – Maureen (Alan) Maynard, Wayne (Shirley) Dootson and JoAnn (Lyman) Desso and his in-laws – Bertha Lawson, Lynne (Jeff) Norris, Sandra (Drew) Ebdon and Russ Lawson. Ken also leaves numerous nieces and nephews with whom he enjoyed hanging out. He was previously deceased by his brother Robert Dootson. Ken grew up in Mansfield and graduated from EO Smith High School. After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy, and upon returning from the military, Ken attended Manchester Community College and the University of Connecticut. He had a long and successful career in computer science, working at Brand-Rex, Konica, Ames, and Computer Science Corp / General Dynamics Information Technology. Passionate about and competitive, Ken excelled in all areas of the sport – he played on multiple teams during his days in high school and beyond. He participated in numerous marathons and road races and completed the Cape Cod Ironman. He also enjoyed being a coach and mentor and was able to coach kids in micro-soccer and then his son and daughter’s teams during their game days, which he enjoyed so much. Ken loved being with family and friends and had so many wonderful times and memories. His annual fishing trip with college friends to the beach, summer vacation at the Cape, Memorial Day weekends in Nantucket – Figawi, winter at Okemo Mountain, and the many good times at Lake Alexander. The family would like to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Ken and his family for all the support, guidance, and love. The funeral will take place on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury. The burial takes place at the discretion of the family. Friends can call the funeral home on Friday, December 17th, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to commemorate the Angioma Alliance at Angioma.org or the Marlborough CT Volunteer Fire Department. For an online letter of condolence, please visit www.mulryanfh.com