Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) James Dale Dawson, age 87, of Mountainair, NM, a resident of Albuquerque NM, and former long-time resident of Carlsbad, NM, died Thursday, October 15, 2020. He is survived by his seven children, Helen Dawson and husband, Brooks Myers, Tim Dawson and wife, Michelle, Jay Dawson and wife, Sherri, Lon Dawson and wife, Karen, Jennifer Huffaker and husband, Bryan, Tom Dawson and fiancé, Wendy, and Candice Mogan and husband, Cy.
Dale leaves 23 grandchildren: Evan Myers, Bethany Thomas, Jimmy Dawson, Tommy Dawson, Jesse Dawson, Allie Dawson, Lexi Dawson, Stephanie Dawson, Katie Jo Dawson, Emily Dawson, Hanna Doyal, Alec Doyal, Emma Doyal, Jocelyn Huffaker, Therese Huffaker, Chloe Dawson, Cole Dawson, Celia Dawson, Dawson Mogan, Christian Mogan, Grayson Mogan, Elaine Mogan, Joseph Mogan; as well as four great-grandchildren, Lyla and Amelia Thomas and Mason and Olivia Bryan.
Mr. Dawson was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Clare Dawson and his three brothers: Gordon Dawson, Rawlin Dawson, and Robert Dawson; as well as sister-in-law, Helen Marie Kruger and her husband, Willard Kruger. Close surviving relatives include brother-in-law, Michael Reynolds his wife, Sheilah, and their children, Kerry and Christopher Reynolds, as well as beloved nieces, Michelle Hall and Kristin Kruger Harbin and long-time resident of Carlsbad, Debbie Dawson Pinching.
Lt. Colonel James Dale Dawson had a distinguished 20-year career as an Air Force B-52 Pilot. In Carlsbad, NM, he was previously General Manager of both the Holiday Inn and Motel Stevens, as well as the past President of Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. He was known for his work ethic and his passion for hunting.
A Rosary will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Community in Albuquerque, with Deacon Kevin Barkocy reciting. Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Father Michael Shea, Celebrant. Procession to Gate of Heaven Cemetery for the Interment will follow, please click on the virtual live-stream link to view the interment. https://zoom.us/j/9817922070?pwd=Zmg0SHdpZ3c3R3FyZ2FLZXRpNWFHUT09