Susan Conjurski, president/CEO of the $24 million PrintingIndustries Credit Union in Commerce, Calif., recalls a casualconversation about motorcycles she had with her newly hired vicepresident of operations, Larry Dodge, who drove his motorcycle towork every morning.

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“We got into a conversation about motorcycles because my sonrecently bought a Harley Davidson, which as a mother I wasn’t toohappy about,” said Conjurski.

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Dodge assured her that riding a motorcycle is safe, noting thathe had been riding for a long time.

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The next morning, on Jan. 10, Dodge, 65, died after hismotorcycle was involved in an accident with a car just a mile fromwhere he was to meet Conjurski in Commerce, said Dodge’s stepson,Los Angeles attorney Nicholas Shantar.

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“His heart stopped when he was under surgery for internalbleeding,” said Shantar. “He was talking at the scene and talkinggoing into surgery. I think he was aware that my mom (PatriciaDodge) was on her way to the hospital while he was going intosurgery. But by the time she got there, he had passed away. It waspretty traumatic for her. She is doing better now in a relativesense but it is still heartbreaking. Our family is devastated.”

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They had been married eight years and lived in Mission Viejo.Shantar said Larry Dodge was wearing a helmet, but he still doesn’tyet know all the details of the accident that took the life of thepopular, 20-year credit union veteran.

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Shantar said Dodge has been cremated and the family had not yetdecided on a memorial service.

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“I think if the family does some service it will be prettysmall,” said Shantar. “I don’t think we will be making a publicannouncement for a funeral service. Larry was the kind of guy whowouldn’t want people getting upset (over his death). He would wantpeople to remember him for who he was and move on. He was justalways thinking of others.”

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Conjurski said Dodge had been working as a compliance consultantfor Printing Industries CU for about three years until he was hiredas its vice president of operations on Dec. 13.

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“He was a key person at the credit union and was veryknowledgeable,” Conjurski said. “One thing I can sum up about himis that the man had a heart of gold. He was willing to helpanybody, anytime, anywhere.”

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Dodge joined Toyota Motor Federal Credit Union in 1990. In 1998,he became president/CEO of Nissan Federal Credit Union. In October2008, he became a consultant and joined Shapiro Partners inBrea.

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