Donald Dotson, age 76, of Patriot, Ohio and Lewis Center, Ohio died January 3, 2018 at his residence following a long illness. On April 9, 1941 he was born in Phelps, Kentucky the son of the late Anthony and Virginia (Smith) Dotson. He is survived by his best friend and caretaker, Jean Rieser; daughters, Terri Oliver, Toni Matthaes; son, Allen Dotson; grandsons, Craig Storts, Brandon Oliver and Devon Matthaes; great-granddaughter, Brielynn Storts; brothers, Paul and Bruce Dotson; and sister, Mary Anne Dotson. Donald spent his younger days in Kentucky and came to Columbus when he was eighteen years old. He remained in the Columbus area many years. His final years were spent on his beloved land in Patriot, Ohio. Donald was a skilled carpenter who worked for many years in the local area. He loved country music, playing the guitar and restoring old cars. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Central Ohio, especially Andrea, Terri and Charla for the comfort they provided during this time. An inurnment will be held at a later date on Donald’s beloved farm in Southern Ohio. Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave the family an online condolence.