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Robert Dale Lawson

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Robert Dale Lawson Obituary
Robert Dale Lawson, 77, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his home in Alamogordo. He was born on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1935, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Robert Maurice and Genevieve Kelly Lawson.
Although he was born in Iowa City, he spent most of his early life in Fort Dodge, Iowa, graduating from Fort Dodge High School where he was part of intramural activities, including participating in the pep club, chorus and the varsity cheerleading team that performed for the football, basketball and wrestling teams. Robert then went on to graduate from Fort Dodge Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1955. He was also a member of Corpus Christi Parish in Fort Dodge.
He joined the Air Force in 1956 and was an instructor of precision measuring equipment. He taught radio relay, electronic fundamentals, related math and soldering, specializing in systems trouble simulation and specific equipment theory, repair and calibration. Much of his training was not only in the equipment but to become a master instructor in both fields. After retiring from the Air Force he completed a bachelor's degree in education from Colorado State University on work that began in the Air Force. He retired as a master sergeant in 1976 from Lowry Air Force Base in Denver with an honorable discharge. Among his many accomplishments, he served in Korea, France, Germany and the Philippines. His experience was gained not only in the U.S. but in Europe and the Far East. He also received the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, and two Commendation Medals for laboratory bench technician in repair, experience with direct traceability to National Bureau of Standards and field/bench technician with expertise in installation, operation, repair and alignment of FM radio receivers, transmitters, power supplies, antennae, telephone and teletype multiplex terminals and repeaters.
After his retirement from the Air Force he went to Castle Rock, Colo., and worked for Douglas County High School as an industrial arts/electronics instructor teaching students electronic fundamentals.
From 1978 to 1982 he moved to Englewood, Colo., and went to work for the International Medical Corporation as a board level technician, which included four years of bench experience in board level testing, adjusting, troubleshooting and repair of analog and digital boards for a stress analysis heart monitor system.
From 1983 to 1988 he moved to Portland, Ore., where he started his own business called The Gathering where he ran a transition support service for divorced and widowed people. His interest in the whole area of divorce and recovery was seen in his volunteer service as the Portland Archdiocese representative of Region XII Association of Separated, Divorced, Widowed and Remarried Catholics. He worked extensively with Boy Scouts, holding all positions of leadership both as a boy and an adult, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and being inducted into the National Camping Honor Society. He was also a swimming instructor for the YMCA with Red Cross certification and a Red Cross first aid instructor. He also served as the director of disaster operations at the Red Cross in Roswell for a short time.
From 1988 to 1994 he worked at Tektronix in the Portland area working with the spectrum analyzer product line; at Fujitsu in cleanroom repair of computer disk enclosures; at Hewlett Packard in software testing and failure reports for an electrocardiograph product release; at N.E.C. Telecommunications in alignment, inspection, testing and systems building of a fiber optic terminal multiplexer; and at M.T.I. in assembly of an audio display switching product and as a spectrum analyzer technician, proficient in the assembly, calibration, troubleshooting and repair of Tektronix analyzers that measure frequencies. He participated in the development and implementation of ISO 9000 documentation for 2790 Series spectrum analyzers.
In his spare time, Robert loved playing volleyball, backpacking, mountain climbing, camping, canoeing and hiking. He loved the outdoors. One of his favorite pastimes was listening to the music from the 1940s and '50s. He loved singing and did so every opportunity that came his way. At his 50th high school reunion he sang "You Never Walk Alone" accompanied by his wife on the piano. He loved all the music from the big band era to the Carpenters and John Denver. He also wanted to get to all 50 states before he passed, and he accomplished that. He had an amazing full life and gave much back to the people around him and his community. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Donna Margaret, whom he married in 1989 in Portland; son James Robert and wife, Beth, of Platteville, Colo.; and granddaughter Cassidy Marie Lawson.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Christine Marie Lawson.
He was honored at this year's annual Celebration of Life service by the Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice memorializing the many loved ones who passed in this last year.
The Lawson family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 1 to July 31, 2012
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