Harold Daw
1925 - 2014
BORN
1925
DIED
2014
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Harold Albert Daw
1925 ~ 2014
Harold Albert Daw was born October 25, 1925 in Granger, Utah to Albert W. and Helen Rebecca Bawden Daw. He grew up in Holladay and South Cottonwood on a dairy farm (strictly purebred Jerseys). As a young man he was involved in Scouting and earned his Eagle Scout Award. He continued this interest in Scouting throughout his life. He attended Granite High School and soon after graduation, he was drafted into the US Army in January of 1944. After a variety of experiences in Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina and California, he was discharged from Fort Douglas, Utah in 1946. He had completed a number of correspondence courses during his military time and went right back to school at the University of Utah. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Physics with High Honors. He was called to missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1948. He went to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, where he labored "without purse or script," carrying all he had in a little green suitcase and sleeping in barns or wherever he could find during the summer months. When he finished his mission it was back to school again. He completed his Master's degree in 1952. In the fall of that year, his sister set him up on a blind date with a lovely girl from Draper, Utah, Mary Garfield. He was swept off his feet. He convinced her to marry him and in February of 1953 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple for the adventure of a lifetime. Immediately they got on the train and headed to Baltimore, Maryland where Harold was completing research for his Doctoral Degree in Physics. After completion of his research, he needed a job. There were several openings for an assistant professor of physics. He and Mary decided upon the job in New Mexico, because New Mexico touched Utah-so it must be close. I guess they never saw a map, because Las Cruces, New Mexico is about as far away from Draper and Murray Utah as you can get and still be in New Mexico. Las Cruces turned out to be a wonderful place to raise a family. The best people in the world lived there. And New Mexico State University would become Harold's love. He loved teaching physics all his life. He was awarded the Millikan Award by the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1975 for creative teaching of physics. He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Citation by the AAPT. He became a full professor and then physics department head. He was acting Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Dean to Tom Gale. He served as Associate Vice President of the University where he presided over the University's research program. Under his watch, NMSU became a Research 1 University. Almost anywhere you go on campus, you can see results of his tenure in this office. He received several awards for inventions throughout his career. He invented the air table for friction experiments that would later become the Air Hockey game. As children, we enjoyed the dancing flames of the flame table and flame tube, watching the collisions on the air table, the smoke rings from the "bull in a box", trying out the huge ride-on gyroscope and swimming in the cattle tank he acquired to create a motion room. He retired in 1990, but continued to invent and publish and teach physics all the rest of his life. Mary and Harold had eight children, raising seven to maturity. Glen (Kayrene) is a physicist. Michael (Sandy) was a computer programmer. He and his wife are both deceased. Kimberly (Dave Zabriskie) is a mother. Anthony (Annette) is a chemist. Marshall (Heidie) is a CPA. Rachel (Jim Dransfield) is a mother. Ramona (Jeff Pomeroy) is a mother and a physicist! Harold and Mary have 30 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren with more coming. Harold's siblings are Carol, Dawna, Owen and LaRae. Two brothers, Weston and Glen, predeceased him. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of his life. He spent his time in service to his fellowmen. He was Bishop of the Las Cruces 2nd ward for 9 years. When the Las Cruces, New Mexico Stake was created, he served as its first Stake President for 10 years. He and Mary served two missions together: the first in Peterborough, New Hampshire where they strengthened the saints and assisted the young missionaries. Their second mission was to the Oakland Visitor's Center in Oakland, CA. He is an ordained Patriarch in the church. He received the Silver Beaver award for his continued work in Scouting. He was a long time member of the Sun Country de Las Cruces Kiwanis Club. He passed away on March 15, 2014 after a sudden and brief illness. He would say to all he meets -it is even his phone greeting-"Welcome to the wonderful world of Physics." To his family, "Keep the Faith." To his wife, "I love you and will see you soon." To all, "Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him." There will be a viewing Tuesday evening, March 18 from 6-8pm at the Londonderry Chapel , 11164 South Londonderry Drive (1520 East) in Sandy UT. There will be a viewing Wednesday morning, March 19, from 9:30-10:30 preceding the funeral which will begin at 11am at the same location. If you would like to, we invite you to wear a bow tie in Harold's honor. www.goffmortuary.com

Published by Deseret News from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014.
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18
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6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
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Mar
19
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Londonderry Chapel
11164 South Londonderry Drive (1520 East), Sandy , UT
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19
Funeral
11:00a.m.
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I always enjoyed my interactions with Dr. Daw. Once we went with others to Albuquerque and back in Stahlman's Lear jet - an interesting interlude to a normal day. He was always interesting...
Bruce Blevins
September 16, 2014
Mary and family-We are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers. Tim and Beth Griffin
March 26, 2014
I'm so glad my sister ran into Mary at the NMSU bookstore my freshman year so that she could recommend taking Physics with professor Daw. I loved his enthusiasm at every class. Years later when I was student teaching he accepted my offer to come do a presentation for our first and second grade students at Jornada Elementary School where he spread his enthusiastic love of physics. He will be missed. Blessings to the family. We love you all and are thinking of you.
Tara Tietjen Porter
March 21, 2014
We were just thinking about you and looked you up to find out that Bishop Daw had moved on. Your were all the best Harold, Mary, Anthony, Marshall, Heidi, Kimberley. The others too, but those are the ones I remember best.

Buck, just today paid tribute to Mary Daw on the Friday Favorites on KBYU.

Thank you for much for everything.

Love,

Anna Lee and Sue Wilson
March 21, 2014
Our prayers are with you Mary and all your family. President Daw is so right that we will be with him again, until that time may his love sustain you.
Jerra and Chris Lilley
March 21, 2014
Dear Sister Daw & Family:

I loved President Daw. He had such an impact on my life. I often quote him still today when I'm teaching (I teach the High Priests Group in my ward). I recall a meeting I attended years ago in which he said that he had a great gift – as a Bishop and Stake President, he didn't remember people's sins. He then said, “One day I hope I won't be able to remember my own.”

When I was a student at NMSU, I bumped into him one day on campus. He stopped to talk for a few minutes. At the end he said, “Which way was I going when we met?” I said, “That way.” He said, “Oh, I guess I've already had lunch.”

I recall the time he taught me to tie a bow tie. I was in the rest room in the Miranda Street building (Las Cruces) – this was in 1980. He came in. When he saw me he said, “Would you like to learn how to tie a bow tie?” I thought, ‘no' but said, ‘yes'. He took off his tie, I took mine off and he proceeded to show me how to tie a bow tie. Then he put his tie on and left. Only later did I learn that the costume person for the play I was in (“Because of Elizabeth”) had asked him to show me how to tie a bow tie, as she wanted me to wear one as a part of my costume. President Daw failed to mention that salient fact when he asked me if I wanted to learn to tie a bow tie. To this day, on those rare occasions when I have worn a tuxedo, I have always worn a ‘real' bow tie – because I know how to tie it! Also, on occasion I've shown grooms in the LA temple where I serve, how to tie their ties – I always relate the President Daw story to them.

If I had known sooner, I would have gone to the funeral – and I certainly would have worn a bow tie!!

I was so happy to see him and you, Mary, at my mother's funeral 4 years ago. Other than his loss of hearing he seemed the same as he ever was . . .
Bob Adams
March 21, 2014
It was with great sadness that I learned of Dr. Daw's passing. He was a very fine gentleman who served as a tireless advocate for New Mexico State University. He had a strong, positive impact on the institution and the enrichment of our community. The grace of Dr. Daw's good works will be sustained through the many lives that he touched and the programs that he enriched.
Charles Wood
March 21, 2014
Mary, My heart is filled with love as I pause to remember both of you. I am sad for your lonely hours until the two of you are reunited. I thank our Father in Heaven that we are blessed with the knowledge of eternal marriage and life. It is a comfort. May that knowledge and the Holy Ghost's presence comfort you. My love, Becky Ostler
March 20, 2014
I only met Dr. Daw briefly as we peered through a telescope at his son, Anthony's, home last summer. I now know where Anthony's keen intellect, inquisitiveness, passion for the sciences and compassion come from. My condolences and sympathy to Anthony and family at this difficult time.
Tom Holstrom
March 20, 2014
I have fond memories of when Harold and Mary served in Peterborough. You are much loved. I send my deepest condolences and love to Mary and her family at this time of loss.
Laura Riendeau
March 20, 2014
I have wonderful and fond memories of his patience and kindness. He included me in youth activities with the teenage boys where we got to launch tennis balls across campus. I loved his bow ties, his attitude toward life, and his dedication to his family and his faith.
Becky Smith Garcia
March 20, 2014
A man I had always admired for his genuine kindness, no matter what.Condolences to his family, especially to dear Mary who shared his kind spirit, no wonder he was swept off his feet.
~Teddie Payne Riehl~
March 19, 2014
I was saddened to learn of Dr. Daw's death. He was my boss at NMSU for a decade and a good one. My sympathy to his family.
Ray Sadler
March 19, 2014
Tom and Carol Cyrs extend our sincerest sympathy for the loss of Harold Daw. Harold was a mentor and friend for many years at NMSU. I had the highest respect and fondness for his leadership and ideas. He had a strong impact on my professional and moral development. His devotion and commitment to his faith permeated his life and touched everyone. He was a living example of what he believed. He will be missed but we are sure he is where he belongs.

Tom and Carol Cyrs, Las Cruces, N.M.
Tom and Carol Cyrs
March 19, 2014
When I think of all the stake presidents I have known throughout my life, President Daw stands out greatly. He was a great man. Spent time with his older children during our college days at NMSU.
Susan Timmons Allen
March 19, 2014
Mary,
We send you and your sweet family all our love. We have so many great memories of being together in Las Cruces! What a wonderful man has been called to the other side. I send you love from myself as well as from my mom, Ann Gillis and all the Gillis Family.
Carol Gillis Wood
March 19, 2014
My heartfelt blessing to all of you who remain behind. I truly am sorry for your loss.
Sharon White
former next-door-neighbor on Guthrie
March 19, 2014
Sister Daw and family, I remember President Daw very well from the time I spent in Las Cruces. He was my stake president that sent me on my mission in January 1980. In our interview he told me a great story of a suitcase of bricks and how that related to carrying unconfessed burdens around. They both weighed us down in life. Great, sweet, kind man. My condolences are with you. Debbie Tinker
Debbie Tinker
March 19, 2014
I came to NMSU in 1995, and I knew Harold as a retired member of the physics department. In retirement, he continued to work diligently on educational equipment for the department, and we still use many of his inventions. He was an old-school gentleman, a positive force in the department, and I missed him greatly after he moved away to Utah. I will always miss him.
Steve Pate
March 19, 2014
We are all so very blessed for having had him in our lives. Harold was a great friend to my father David N. Hinckley, and to all the Hinckley/Ewing family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our love goes out to all of his family. Thank you for such a good example of enduring to the end. Alan and Maggie Hinckley
Alan Hinckley
March 19, 2014
Mary, I know you and Harold will be together again. You two were the best Latter Day Saints I've ever known Besides my mom and dad. I love you two like my own mom and dad, you let me know if can do anything at all for you, and I will do it if It's possible. 1-815-616-5529 I love you. Deborah Revell
Deborah Revell
March 19, 2014
We love you, Daw Family! You were the very best backyard neighbors ever. You had such an impact on our young family, offering babysitting, friendship, love and support, and best of all great examples of gospel principles. That natural love helped Bruce see the light of the gospel and accept baptism. Bruce learned so much from Harold serving on the high council for 8 of those years which Harold served as the stake president. I even made Bruce a bow tie to wear sometimes to church meetings in Harold's honor. We know he truly loved Mary. We loved to see the two of them serving in the Albuquerque temple when we were there.
We send our condolences, love and prayers to the entire family.

Love, Ruth and Bruce Buchanan
Ruth and Bruce Buchanan
March 19, 2014
We don't know your family, but Mr. Daw sounds like a very interesting man and I have a 13 year old boy sitting here begging to know what a flame table and flame tube are. Thanks for the inspiration.
March 18, 2014
This is the sweetest and best obituary I have read in a long time. What a blessing Brother Daw was in our ward, stake and family. We will miss him greatly. Our love and prayers for peace and comfort to all of you.
Becky Ellis (Donaldson)
March 18, 2014
Dearest Mary. Bill & I will always indebted to you & Harold "our family's adopted LDS grandparents". We cherish the time we had with you in Peterborough where you taught us SO MUCH. You are perfect examples of the Christlike love we strive for. Harold was the cutest missionary example for me from the very beginning - ie. Market Basket, strolling down each aisle looking for someone new to engage in a missionary moment. " Hi! Could you help me? I'm not familiar with this (brand). My wife & I are here from NM serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...." Engage for a few minutes & then off to another aisle in search.... He made it seem soooo easy! EVERYONE whose life you both came in contact with (& he was AMAZING at meeting people) were enriched by meeting & knowing you!!! You are cherished loves in our family circle!!! We will miss him, but LOVE our memories! With our love, Lonnie & Bill.
Lonnie & Billb Blackwell
March 18, 2014
It was good to meet you and share the New England Mission photo. I have posted it on Family Search but can not link to Harold because he is not in Family Search yet. I can email to anyone. [email protected]
March 18, 2014
What an honor to have known Harold. Mary, Anthony and Annette, my deepest condolences to you. What an amazing man and family. So glad they moved into our ward when I was Bishop. Love you guys. Doug and Kerry Richards
Doug Richards
March 18, 2014
What a great example of love you and your family have been Mary. We loved and admired Harold so much. Our love and prayers go with you. Love, Bruce and Judy
Bruce Kimzey
March 18, 2014
what a great person..we enjoyed him in our cousins reunion. He will be missed but know he was well loved..Jim and Joan Harrington
March 18, 2014
Dear sweet Elder and Sister Daw. I have so many wonderful memories of our time together in Oakland. Elder Daw will be greatly missed, and is thought of so very fondly. Every time I see an air hockey table I smile. Much love, Kendra (Ruzicka) Stone.
Kendra Stone
March 18, 2014
We knew him as a Professor, as a Church Leader, as a Friend. We were very privileged. Beth & Roger Cluff
March 18, 2014
He will be missed by all of us whose lives he touched. Love to you all from Las Cruces.
Ron and Diane Benson
March 18, 2014
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