Love & Thunder
Shelton area co-ed softball community honors teammate who died
August 17, 2023
The greater Shelton area co-ed softball tournament remembered one of its own over the weekend, while also raising awareness for that which took his life.
The Thor Dobson Memorial co-ed softball tournament took place Saturday and Sunday at Callanan Field in Shelton in honor of Thor Dobson, who died April 26 from an overdose.
Dobson's family organized the tournament to raise money to donate to local businesses raising awareness of and helping people with addiction.
An online obituary from Hoquiam-based Coleman Mortuary wrote this of Dobson:
"Great legends, as we know, must have their origin story and Thor certainly did. He was born, September 12, 1986, to Kristine (Kris) Piponius-Dobson and Douglas (Dugan) Dobson. However, his story started two days prior when Kris went home from work to rest. The next day began with her in the starting line-up of a baseball game. But by the 3rd inning, the umpire kicked her out. As she took her seat on the bench, the first bout of thunder cracked. Then morning of September 12, Kris and Dugan decided it was time to head to the hospital under yet another cloud of thunder (which, of course, cleared up within one minute of baby's arrival). Kris and Dugan's friends came to visit, mostly to ensure the new parents understood that their baby's name was predestined...he was to be named after the infamous Norse God of Thunder, Thor."
Dobson, along with his former wife Brittney, frequently played for Camco in the City of Shelton's co-ed adult league. The team has hung a uniform dedicated to Dobson in each of their city league games this season and during the tournament, longtime Camco coach and player Chad Mentzer wore the uniform in Dobson's honor.
Many players in the tournament wore personalized uniform shirts which listed Dobson's three children: Loki, Rhea and Thor on the left sleeve.