Dawson Reid Jr., 86, passed away of a heart attack January 20, 2013 in Arlington, WA. He was born to Dawson and Janie Reid Sr. July 17, 1926 in Paducah, TX. Dawson graduated from Paducah High School in 1943 and Texas Tech University in 1949. Between schooling he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After college he went on to a career as a rancher and realtor in Cotopaxi, CO for over 30 years. Dawson was a lifetime member of the Paducah, Texas, Masonic Lodge #868 and a member of the Arlington Lodge #129, Masons of Washington. He was also a life member of Al Amin Shrine, Corpus Christi, Texas. Dawson was involved in many community activities in Colorado, between 1954 and 2011, including former director of Fremont Cattleman's Association and longtime Cotopaxi School District board member. He and Bobbie "Buster" became "winter" Texans in the mid 70s, spending their winters as residents of Adobe Wells Country Club in McAllen, Texas. He became a golfer and was involved in many aspects of the development of Adobe Wells. Dawson loved watching his son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in sports and watched many hours of sports on TV. He was a man of many stories and never met a stranger! He had friends throughout the country. Dawson was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Preceding him in death was his sister Jackie Sue Wilson and niece Molly Lu Black. Dawson is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Bobbie "Buster" Reid of Arlington, daughter, Dana Sue Carney of Arlington, WA, son Tony Dawson Reid and wife Sherri of Howard, CO. Dana's daughter Bekki Sue Carney Bolopue (Kris) and their sons Jake and Tommy of Arlington, WA. Tony's children Dawson Wade Reid (Dawn) and their children, Rylee, Beau Dawson, and Tillie of Canon City, CO. Devin Lynn Gulliford (Wes) and their children Chance and Koylynn of Howard, CO. Niece Carla J. Wilson of San Francisco, CA, three sisters-in-law and numerous extended family. A memorial will be held in Colorado at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Al Amin Transportation Fund, 2001 Suntide Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78409. These donations help provide transportation for children to Shriners hospitals.
Published in The Canon City Daily Record on Feb. 20, 2013