Lawrence "Dag" Damewood
Adair Funeral Homes - Avalon Chapel
8090 North Northern Avenue
Oro Valley, AZ
Col. Lawrence "Dag" Damewood USAF - Retired Fighter Pilot passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 5, 2010. He is survived by his loving "Bride" of 65 years, Jean; two daughters, Becky Wallace and Diane Damewood; one grandson, Joshua (Luphyta) Wallace; four great-grandchildren, Nathalie, Luna, Jésus and Josue Lawrence; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one sister and two nephews. Dad's dream was to become a fighter pilot and photographer, he accomplished both. During his 30 year career, he received many acclamations, including two distinguished flying crosses, one during WWII and the other during Vietnam. On October 3, 1944 he and his fellow pilots who were providing air cover support for bombers leading General Patton's troops, incurred enemy aircraft over enemy occupied France. During an aerial dogfight, Dad shot down one plane and his plane sustained major damaged from ground fire. For 17 days, with thanks from a French farmer, he evaded German Troops. From 1950 - 1952 he flew slot position with one of the Air Force's first aerobatic teams - The Skyblazers, at Furstenfeldbruck, Germany. He was assigned to many bases all over the world. Of all the jets he flew, the P-47 "Jug" was his favorite. He served as President of the Desert Kiwanis Club twice and was actively involved with the Wright Flight organization. He was an avid golfer and scored a hole in one at the Oro Valley Country Club on January 31, 1990. He loved all types of music and was quite an accomplished drummer. He always had a camera with him, and his pictures conveyed a wide aspect of his life. Military Memorial Service and celebration of life will be held Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. The Service will be at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, SW Campus Sanctuary, 7575 N. Paseo Del Norte, SW corner of Paseo Del Norte and Chapala. Graveside Service date to be determined in Roanoke, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the RRVA Association, or The Air Warrior Courage Foundation at P. O. Box 1553, Front Royal, VA 22630-0033, Desert Kiwanis Club Foundation, P. O. Box 89291, Tucson, AZ 85741 or Wright Flight, Inc. 7075 S. Plumer Ave. #14, Tucson, AZ 85706. The family would like to thank the SAVAHCS, especially Dr. Deborah Lindsly and Dr. Ronnie Bergen. Our love and gratitude to the caregivers at The Gardens. Also thank you to Casa de la Luz Hospice. Special thanks to Dillis Ward. Arrangements handled by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, AVALON CHAPEL.

Published by Arizona Daily Star from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2010.
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Will never forget Dag at my Dad's house a few times. Cannot believe it has been over 10 years since he passed. Jean is by his side as always.
duane gibson
October 3, 2021
I have so many pleasant memories of Dag that makes it difficult to know where to start.I met Dag when he an his lovely wife Jean, along with Becky-D, arrived at Fuerstenfeldbruck air base in 1950. Soon after being assigned to the 22nd Squadron he was selected to fill the slot position on the United States Air Force (Europe) acrobatic team. The team, consisting of Harry Evans, Buck and Bill Pattillo, and Dag Damewood, had some memorable experiences demonstrating formation acrobatics throughout all of the NATO nations of Europe.
Joyce and I enjoyed our close relationship with Dag and Jean. I especially remember the many social events, including the cook-outs and picnics we shared. I will never forget Dad's expertise in making his special Martinis--he could mix the best!
After our tours in Europe we continued to socialize at Air Force reunions and other events.
I remember Dag as a true gentleman and a devoted father to his wonderful children--Becky and Diane. He and Jean were a perfect match. and their love for each other was unbelievable. Dag, you were a close and dear friend, and we all miss
Bill Pattillo
October 8, 2011
We will always remember Uncle Dag taking the family pictures. We will always remember him telling Trevor his WWII story and the excitement of it all. We were proud to have him as an uncle, we always bragged on him. He will be much missed.
Stephen Haupt
October 7, 2011
October 7, 2011

I first met the Damewoods in 1950 when Dag joined the 36th Fighter Wing at Frustenfeldbruck, Germany. At this time, Harry Evans was the leader of the USAFE “Skyblazer” acrobatic demonstration team, but became ill with Yellow Jaundice. Vince Gordon, our slot pilot, replaced Harry, leaving an opening for a slot pilot... Dagwood was well known and respected throughout the Air Force as a top-notch officer and a gung-ho fighter pilot. Although he was a new assignee to the Squadron, he was a natural choice to fill the slot position. Offered the job, he enthusiastically accepted. After a few practice missions, he was “chomping at the bit,” ready to go full time. In the next two years with Dag flying slot, the Team participated in over 257 air demonstrations in NATO nations throughout the Continent, England, North Africa, Greece, and Turkey. The Team disbanded in 1952 after completing air shows at Republic Aviation Corp. and the Dayton Air show in Dayton, Ohio.
We enjoyed many memorable times with the Skyblazers and with the wonderful people and comrades within the 22nd Squadron and the 36th Wing. Noted for his photographic skills, Dag recorded many of our unforgettable activities, travels, and events with beautiful pictures that I will cherish always.
Dagwood was a true and honest friend. He was a gentleman, devoted husband and father, a trustworthy person of strong character and impeccable morals. He will always have a special place in my heart. It was truly an honor to have known Dag and Jean, Becky-D and Diane...a close-knit, truly loving family and an inspirational for all.
Dag, for some reason I find it difficult for me to express my true feelings and respect I have for you, and the positive impact your life has had on others... hopefully, these few lines of a poem I recall will help:

“---Your monument abides, wrought not in stone or clay,
But in the lives of those whose gain was knowing you...”
(D. R. Geraint Jones)

Buck Pattillo, Spotsylvania, Virginia
October 6, 2011
Dag Damewood is one of the great USAF pilots. We will miss him
VK Buck
October 5, 2011
Pop Damewood,
You will always hold a special place in my heart. You welcomed the "gang" from Cochise College forty years ago, and treated us like your daughters until the day you died. I will miss your quick wit, great personality, and that twinkle in your eye. Thank you for being my "pop". I love you!!
Irene Baker
October 1, 2011
Becky & Diane, I have such fond memories of Uncle Bud & Aunt Jean. When they were around you knew it was always going to be a good time. Uncle Bud was an inspiration to my dad Ken one of his older brothers. He inspired him to fly (which he did at 60 got his license) and to take photos. No matter how many miles the brothers and sister were apart, they were always in contact. A very close knit family. I am honored to be one of their nieces. Love & Prayers,
Mavis Damewood Tipton Vero Beach, Fla.
October 1, 2011
My memories of "Dag" go back to when I married Earl. Dag and Jean where making yearly cross-country trips then, stopping to visit Air Force friends and family along the way, Earl and I where fortunate enough to be included. I have pictures that were taken at the house in Gloucester and that had to be before 1992. Even before this Earl and I took a month and drove cross-country and visited with Dag and Jean, we took trips to see unique places in Az.., I still have pictures and mementos of these. And of course there are the trips each fall to Pine Island N.C. with all the siblings. Dag whose so generous with pictures in all of our adventures. I still have them all. I remember crocheting a Snoopy dog for Dag but I don't remember if his plane was Snoopy or the Red Baron. Nell Haupt
Nell Haupt
October 1, 2011
Uncle Dagwood,
Thank you for being a part of my life... for your unconditional love and for serving the red, white and blue. In a few weeks we will once again celebrate your life, along with your lovely bride, back home in Virginia. Welcome Home...again Dagwood...Welcome Home.
Miss you greatly, love you dearly, Teri Kay
Teri Haupt Byers-Koleas
October 1, 2011
It was truly an honor to have known this man. He inspired many with his wit, honesty, charm, and leadership. I will cherish the fond memories we made thoughout the years. My family will be forever greatful for his enouragement and friendship. The world will be a lesser place in his absence.
Maralyn Fowler
May 18, 2011
Oh about 15 years ago or so, I flew a mission into DM and I decided to drag my crew along with me to have lunch with Jean and Dag. I'll never forget my 20 year old boom operator at the time asking me why I was making him go eat with "some old people". After a great dinner and a few war stories, Dag ended the meal by wearing the waiter's sombrero and shook some maracas. On our way back to base, that same boom operator said something like "That is one cool dude" while the rest of the crew chimed in with their positive thoughts on both Jean and Dag.

Col "Dag" was truly one of a kind and anyone who spent a few seconds with him could tell you that! I will never forget that sharp wit and his ability to make everyone around him better.

My family and I are forever in the Damewoods debt for their love and support over the years.

God Bless and Dag give my Dad a hug for me...
Steve Fowler
May 5, 2011
I met "Dag" a few times in '52 when he was with the 22nd Ftr-Bmr Sqd. at Furstenfeldbruck, Germany, the Skyblazers squadron. Col.Robert L Scott was our Base Commander. It was a special Base with historical significance because the elite of the German Luftwaffe trained there.And the 3 best Ftr-Bmr Squadrons in the USAF,the 22nd,23rd,and 53rd Ftr-Bmr Squadrons, took it over under NATO command. Dag was a great pilot and a great human being. His flying abilities were admired by all. He flew an F-84E when with the 22nd Sq. with the Shyblazers. I know he loved the P-47 which was a single engine reciprocating fighter in which he honed his great skills. I am sure that someday we will all meet again in eternity,and Dag will be flying something. My love to all his family, John Feltman
John Feltman
December 5, 2010
A beautiful soul with an amazingly supportive family. I will miss you Dag.
Kelly Riker
November 7, 2010
Hi Diane.... I was sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Father. I know first hand how difficult your loss is, I lost my Dad on June 5th of this year. May memories of your loved one provide comfort to you and your family.
Debbie Travis
October 25, 2010
Diane Damewood
October 24, 2010
Diane Damewood
October 24, 2010
Dag, you were one of the best. All of us who served with you will look forward to joining up a little later.
Mark Yeokum
October 21, 2010
Dear ones, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. so sorry that Uncle Bud had to leave. Like my cousin Don, I too remember the air shows and the anticipation of a visit from that "special pilot". We all know that after a tip of his wing he is once again creating contrails in the sky........
Judi Damewood Chapman
October 19, 2010
Dag was one of my favorite Kiwanians. I loved to hear the stories of his air force career and, of course, his jokes. He and Jean were a absolute delightful couple. I will miss him. He was one of the Greatest Generation! I will keep all of you in my thougts and prayers. Bob Hutson
Bob Hutson
October 19, 2010
The humor, courage, and uniqueness that was Dagwood will always be a part of my family memories. I'll watch the stars for his flights with the angels.
Bonnie Mayo Selleck
October 16, 2010
I know very well some pilots of 371F.G. particularly RUDY AUGARTEN,as DAG he was shoot down in normandy and escaped for 50 days ,I want tell at all DAG family mes sincéres condoléances.
michel Rainfroy -Falaise Normandy
rainfroy michel
October 13, 2010
Dag, I remember you well from Okinawa. I will throw a nickel on the grass to remember you. I will sing the song also...
Jim Ginger
October 11, 2010
From one old warrior to another. Have a good flight Dag and will join up some day soon. You were one of the best.
General Bob Cardenas
October 11, 2010
Dear Jean, Becky & Diane: It was our privilege to know Dag through P.E.O. Gif and I always enjoyed visiting with him and viewing his great photography of P.E.O. functions, as well as other photos. We're so sorry for your loss. Please call on us if there's anything we can do for you during this transition time. Love -- Cindy & Gif Hoyer
Cindy & Gif Hoyer
October 11, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. Even though I met Uncle Bud only twice, I was impressed by him which led me into aviation. Ken Deaton, Chief Petty Officer, USN Ret. eldest son of Betty (cookie) Bartlett, Bath, Maine.
October 11, 2010
Uncle Bud was my first Hero. With humor and kindness he has remained so. He is the last of a great generation of a great family.
Bob Bartlett, nephew
Bob Bartlett
October 10, 2010
Dear Jean and Girls,
All of us that had the privilage of flying and serving with Dag will remember his skill as a pilot and his thoughtfulness as a friend.

With my love and prayers,
Boris Baird
October 10, 2010
We were so blessed to have Bud in our lives. He will be missed! What a fun, caring and genuine spirit he was. I always loved his fantastic photos of the arizona sunsets and the stories he would tell on his visits.

My prayers for peace and comfort to all of his family.
With Love, Raina Rausch (great niece)
Raina Rausch
October 10, 2010
Everytime I think of Uncle Dag I can't help but smile....he always was making me laugh....trying to get the Haupt family together to take a group picture, and him running back to the group telling us all to hold still and smile!! Uncle Dag you will be missed...but you will always live on in our hearts!!
Ethel Haupt-Whyte
October 10, 2010
"Dag" and Jean Damewood have been a very special couple , loved by their Air Force family. We will all join him on some future day and eagerly seek him out for guidance and humor. Jean was always his most loyal and loving "wingman", joined in his last years by a superb additional flight member, Wingman Diane. I know he left us proud of his contributions to our society, and most proud of his family.
Lt General Ted Rees
October 10, 2010
We miss you very much we are so glad little dag got to see you ones. You still here with all who loves you.
Josh&Luphyta Wallace
October 9, 2010
Uncle Bud was a terrific uncle so much fun to be around. I feel so fortunate that during one of my visits to him, Jean and the girls in Tucson a number of years ago he told of his experience during the war when he was shot down over occupied France. I had never heard the story from him and am so glad to have that opportunity. All I remember of the situation ( I was probably only about 7) was my dad, his older brother, standing in the hallway of our home with the phone to his ear crying when he received the call that Bud was safe.
It is good to know that he is flying slot with the angels. Love and sympathy to all the family.
Margarette Damewood Boley
October 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.We will never forget Col.Dag and what a great person he was.
Ben-Barb Bowthorpe
October 9, 2010
I will always remember Uncle Dagwood as the playful photographer at family reunions who managed to get all of us to smile at the camera at the same time. And, at 61 years, I still have the musical Geisha doll I received as a child when the Damewoods were stationed in Okinawa. Our memories of him will endure forever. Janice Tharpe (Conyers, GA)
October 9, 2010
My family has known the Damewoods for what seems like forever. Both Dag and Jean were the greatest and classiest people. I am so sorry for his leaving but I know he is at peace now. Jean, my wife adored meeting both of you at my fathers house. Thank you. Sincerely,
Duane Gibson jr.
duane gibson
October 9, 2010
Pop Damewood, A man of respect and loving heart. You welcomed your extended family of daughters from the Cochise college days...and gave us guidance and joy through much of our lives. You lived a wonderful life of experience and love. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rachel Garza (Tucson, AZ)
Rachel Garza
October 9, 2010
We will truly miss "Uncle Bud".The times I was around him he was truly a gentleman. I will never forget the busines trip I was on in Tucson. I don't know how he found out but he called and him and Jean took me out and really "showed me the town. I will never forget that. By the way I am Don & Pattys son in-law.
Chris Beam
October 9, 2010
Uncle Bud was the greatest.I still remember the Chicago Air show in 1945 when I was 9 years old. Will be with you in spirit on the 9th and see you in Roanoke. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Don Damewood
October 9, 2010
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