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Obituary: Chief Sam Dawson

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Samuel Winton Dawson, 56, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and best friend, was unexpectedly taken from us in a tragic motorcycle accident on July 2, 2001.

He was born May 5, 1945 to Mae Kemp and Darrell Dawson in Orofino, Idaho, and grew up in Murray, UT. On December 17, 1971 he married his beautiful wife Brigitte, and was later sealed to her in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She is the love of his life. Together they had two sons, Sam and Chris.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in 1976, and a Master of Public Administration from BYU in 1983.

Sam had a life dedicated to law enforcement, beginning as a reserve Police Officer with Murray Police Department in 1967. In 1971 he became a Deputy Sheriff with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. Among other assignments, he was a charter member of the Sheriff's Special Tactical Operations Unit and the Sheriff's Assisting Youth Unit. In 1977 he was recruited by the Salt Lake County Attorney's Office where he worked his way to Chief of Investigations. In 1994 Sam achieved a life long dream when he was appointed Chief of Police in Sandy City. He worked hard to improve the department, and improve the quality of life in the community. His department and officers gave him a great source of pride. He has served on countless boards and committees and has received honors, awards, and citations too numerous to count.

Sam's greatest joy in life was his family and friends. There was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with all of them. They always came first.

Sam was a man who truly touched many people's lives and made a difference in this world. He was known for his unsurpassed honesty, integrity, and great strength of character. He was our best friend. He will be missed deeply by everyone who knew him.

Survived by his wife Brigitte; sons, Sam (Teresa), Chris (Cheree); stepdaughter, Angela (Alan) Lykins; grandchildren, Adrian Lykins, Alexandra Lykins, Molly Dawson; father, Doc; mother, Pat Freeze; stepfather J.P. (Joyce) Freeze; brother, Brad (Cassie) Freeze; sister, Sherene Freeze, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7, 2001 at 12 Noon in the Jordan High School Auditorium, 9950 South State Street, Sandy, Utah. Friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 South 1700 East and Saturday at the Jordan High School 10-11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Larkin Sunset Gardens with honors afforded.