Laura and Dan Dotson of 'Storage Wars' Met in 1996 — a Glimpse into Their Strong Marriage

Edduin Carvajal
Jul 12, 2020
02:30 P.M.
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TV personality Dan Dotson, best known for "Storage Wars," has known his wife, Laura Dotson, since 1996. Now, they are two of the most famous auctioneers in the world.


Dan has been involved in the auctioneering business since the 70s, mainly because his grandfather, Sam Fancher, used to be a cattle and farm auctioneer in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas.

Dan suffered a double brain aneurysm that put him in the ICU for days.

Laura Dotson and Dan Dotson on June 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images



When Dan turned 11 years old, he started working with Sam in the summers, which is probably where he fell in love with the job, realized that he could make a living with it, and polished his skills.

By the time that he was 16, he would skip school to go all the way to California to sell furniture at the Chino auctions. Between the 80s and 90s, Dan ran an auction house specialized in pottery, dolls, furniture, and collectibles in Riverside.


It wasn't until 1983 that Dan Dotson launched American Auctioneers, the first of his many businesses, which is still running nowadays.

All his hard work paid off in 2010, when he and his wife, Laura, started working as the main auctioneers on A&E's TV show "Storage Wars." Fast forward ten years, and they are two of the most famous auctioneers in the world.



Speaking of Dan and Laura Dotson's relationship, they met for the first time in 1996 and have been together ever since. After the couple tied the knot, Laura became the step-mother of Dan's two sons from his previous marriage.

Apart from that, they have a son together, Garrett Dotson, who is running a CBD business named CBD Cafe.


While Dan serves as the auctioneer and Laura as the ring-woman in most cases, she has played an important role in the success of the family business.

Not only is Laura the co-owner and manager of American Auctioneers, but she also has appeared in different TV shows, including "The Prince Is Right," Let's Make A Deal," and "Maron."


If that wasn't enough, the married couple revealed in an interview for "Storage Wars" that she is multilingual. Laura speaks "a little" of Arabic, Italian, Spanish, French, and English.

In the same interview, the unique chemistry between Dan and Laura became evident as she was trying to be modest about her language skills while he couldn't help but boast about it.



Laura and Dan Dotson are nothing short of successful in the auctioneering business. Unfortunately, they have endured their fair share of difficulties throughout the years.

In June 2014, Dan suffered a double brain aneurysm that put him in the ICU for days. As Laura described it, he woke up at about 1 am asking weird questions in his sleep. Then, at around 7:30 am, he woke up again complaining about having double vision and feeling off.


A few hours later, he took a shower but collapsed. Following the instructions of the 911 operator, Laura administered CPR until the paramedics arrived. Dan's neurologist, M. Asif Taqi, said about his condition:

"It is a miracle to be in a state that Danny is. Half of that is luck that he did not bleed significantly before coming to the hospital."


The doctor also praised Laura and pointed out that she played a significant role in Dan's survival. After he left the Desert Regional Medical Center, he and his wife participated in a video to educate people on the most common signs of a stroke.

At the moment, Laura and Dan Dotson are waiting for A&E to renew "Storage Wars" for a new season, which is probably what Brandi Passante, Dave Hester, and the rest of the stars of the show are expecting.


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