John Kenneth Dopson was born in Adanac, Saskatchewan on November 5, 1910. He came to Prince Rupert to work at the Drydock as a shipwright and later for McLean Shipyards. He married Mary Amy Spalding, a First Nations woman from Port Essington, born on March 28, 1927. They had two sons, Alan and Jim. Mary died on May 5, 1971 and Ken died on August 23, 1998.