Delbert Willard Dawson, of Murray, died Saturday, Nov 15, 1997, of cardiac arrest.
He was born Jan 25, 1932 in Salt Lake City, UT, to Willard Delbert and Nina Carabini Dawson. He used a facade of obsidian to hide his cream puff heart.He will be sorely missed by his family: Danny, Carrie, Becky and Forrest Dawson, of Lehi, UT; Cynthia, Gary, Ruth and Kyle Lutz, of Fairbanks, AK; Irene, Sonny, Joshua, and Laura Crisler, of Houston, TX; Andy D. Dawson, Murray; UT. Survived by brother, George (Dorothy) Dawson, Overton, NV. Preceded in death by father, mother, sister, Carolyn Rino. Survived by wife, Mary Lou Christiansen Dawson.
Delbert's Motto was: "Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well" throughout his entire life.
He taught metalsmithing for the Naval Reserve for 8 years. Burner of steel for 43 years. Even the smallest job was done with pride and professionalism. He cut steel for untold bridges, skyscrapers and supermarkets. He cut steel for libraries, lodges and backyard swings. He out-engineered the engineers with hard won knowledge, skill and common sense. He initialed his work with pride!
Since a boy on a Redwood Road farm, Delbert gloried in raising show chickens. He trained them to strut their stuff but could be judicious with the hatchet when called for. He won many trophies, but his joy lay in hatching the perfect chicken.
Delbert loved mountain hikes, fishing and hunting deer and grouse in company with children and grandchildren. His pockets brimmed with seeds to plant. He had a love affair with trees. He was a loner; preferring the solitary lair of hawk and eagle; new-found backroads soldiered by troops of whispering pines. He appreciated Cathedral of Sky; the glorious choir of silence.
Delbert was cremated, as per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, you may donate in his name to: Utah Fancy Poultry Assoc., c/o Frank Takahashi, 1783 E. 6450 So., Ogden, UT 84405.
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