David B. Dawson, 67
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — David Bruce Dawson died at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring on Feb. 18, 2018, in Jacksonville, at the age of 67 after a short battle with lung cancer.
David was born on Sept. 5, 1950, in Inglewood, California, to Raymond E. and Hope D. (Brickett) Dawson.
He graduated from Inglewood High School in 1969 and worked most of his life in various construction trades from concrete to carpentry. He eventually went to work for himself as a builder in New Hampshire, Arizona, and North Carolina. He spent much of his life taking care of people with disabilities at the Laconia State School, while running a private group home, and finally working at Easterseals until his health failed.
He was often described as patient, supportive and compassionate by those he worked with and their families.
He enjoyed watching NASCAR and his beloved Patriots. David loved spending his spare time fishing, camping, kayaking, attending church, and watching his grandkids play sports. His grandchildren describe him as caring, supportive, nonchalant, and jocular.
David is survived by his five children and their families, including 14 grandchildren, Thomas R. Dawson of Moultonborough, New Hampshire; Mathew D. Dawson of Tilton, New Hampshire; Theodore M. Dawson of New London, New Hampshire; Karilee A. Gunn of Asheville, North Carolina; David E. Dawson of Asheville, North Carolina; and a brother Daniel M. Dawson of Boise, Idaho.
He was predeceased by his mother, Hope D. Dawson; his father, Raymond E. Dawson; his brothers, Rick W. Dawson and Mark A. Dawson.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Laconia Christian Academy, with a reception to follow until 5 p.m. Pastor Kevin Twombly will officiate the ceremony.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate David's life.
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