John "Poke" Warren Dawson of Bellflower, California passed May 5, 2013 at the age of 72. John was born to Warren and Phyllis Dawson June 18, 1940 in Morganville, Kansas. John was a successful student and star athlete throughout his school years. After completing his service in the Navy in 1965, John settled in California where he met and married his first wife Cherylene Allice and embarked on a career as an electrician. From this union they welcomed 5 daughters and 1 son. They divorced in 1986. John met Martie Kelly in 1992 and they were married in 1995 merging the Dawson children with the three Kelly children.
He was proceeded in death by his Mother and Father and by his son Daniel Warren Dawson. He is survived by his wife Martie Kelly Dawson, his brother Robert Dawson, his sister Jo Katz, his children, Deborah Borders, Latricia & John Brewis, Michelle & Todd Sanders, Steven Kelly, Jennifer Rettig, Deborah Kelly, Christine & Nicholas Hallman, Kimberly & Nathan Pendley. His nineteen grandchildren. Phillip, Zach, Ben, Drake, Matthew, Alicia, Dylan, Ashley, Drew, Donovan, Brooke, Paige, Nathaniel, Blake, Hailee, Samantha, Trenton, Ethan and Aidan.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 13, 2013