1937 ~ 2020
Nat died on February 4, 2020 at home in Piedmont. The Covid outbreak prevented us from holding a memorial service at the time. He was born in Oakland to Nathaniel Jr. and Elinor Dodge. Nat grew up in Orinda when it was still “the land”. He attended Orinda Union Grammar School, where he met his future wife Janis Armstrong in fourth grade. Nat went to Acalanes High School in Lafayette, where he played soccer, threw discus, and did the shot put. He also drew cartoons and illustrations for the school publications. During his time at the University of California at Davis, he played soccer, served on the student council and president of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He served in the ROTC Army and was promoted to lieutenant upon graduation. Before he was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia Infantry School, Nat and his six-month-old bride went on a wonderful three-month ride around Europe in their Morris Minor. Nat retired to the rank of captain after six years in the Army Reserve.
Nat and Jan raised their two children in Piedmont, and Nat worked for American Rubber Manufacturing Co., a family company that made rubber goods such as conveyor belts, fire hoses and wine hoses.
In 1984 Nat left the company and founded Dodge Co., Inc., a consultancy specializing in the development and supply of process equipment for the mining industry. The focus was on copper and precious metal mines, which were expanding worldwide. The company has participated in projects in Uzbekistan, West Africa, North and South America, Indonesia and Australia. Partner offices have been set up in the UK, Chile and Singapore to better serve and support customers at remote project locations. Nat was a long-time member of the American Association of Mining Engineers (AIME), the Nevada Mining Association, and the Sociedad Nacional Mineria de Chile.
Nat was an avid nature lover. He was a fair wing shot, fly fisherman, rider, skier, sailor and a (very) frustrated golfer. He was an accomplished artist, a collector of old and rare books, and a great reader. He enjoyed both classical and country music, fine wine, fine food, and spirited political conversation. He was a member of the Claremont Country Club and served on the club’s History Committee for several years.
Nat was a fourth generation resident in Piedmont. Over the years he has served in various positions on the Recreation Commission and coached a number of his son Nat’s youth sports teams.
In recent years, Nat and Jan have been able to spend more time on the family property in northwest Sonoma County. This has served as a family retreat, and provided the simple beauty and serene lifestyle that he loved so much. The ranch enabled him to instill in his children and grandchildren the appreciation of nature and the basics of hard work, responsibility and the joy of a job well done.
Nat leaves his best friend and devoted wife Jan, Jan. He also leaves his son Nat IV (Sallie) of Boulder, Colorado; and his daughter Beth Dodge Weaver (Thad) of Wilmington, Delaware; and his five grandchildren: Robert Weaver of Santa Rosa; Jack Weaver of Morgantown, West Virginia; Henry Dodge of Denver, Colorado; Louisa Dodge from New York City; and Nathaniel Dodge of Jackson, Wyoming.
A private family grave service was held at Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland.
Check out the Nathaniel S. Dodge III Memorial online
Published by East Bay Times on January 2, 2022.