Dawson, BHS grad, dies in motorcycle crash

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           DEADWOOD, S.D. – Funeral services for Vernon J. Dawson, a Brighton High School graduate, will be at 10 a.m., July 17, at Zion Lutheran Church.


            Dawson, 50, who lived in Spring, Texas, died July 13 after a motorcycle crash near here.

            Keloland.com said Dawson was riding his motorcycle northbound on Highway 385 when it left the road and entered a ditch. The motorcycle struck some trees and threw Dawson clear of the crash site. Dawson died at a Rapid City hospital.

        Dawson was born Jan. 21, 1964, in Brighton to Jacob and Betty (Cutler) Dawson. He grew up in Brighton and graduated from BHS in 1982. Dawson continued his education at AeroTech in Broomfield and graduated in 1983. Dawson moved to Spring, Texas, and started his career as an aircraft technician for United/Continental Airlines. He was based in Houston, where he worked for more than 30 years.

Dawson enjoyed 4-H, racing, bull riding, traveling, motorcycles and loved to root for his Colorado teams. He was involved in car racing for several years, both as a spectator and as a judge. He had an affinity for collecting racing memorabilia. He had long-time dream of raising bulls for the Professional Bull Riders and was a member of the American Bucking Bills Inc.

Dawson is survived by his parents, of Keenesburg; brothers, Michael (Susan) Dawson and Darrel (Angela) Dawson, of Fort Lupton; sister Cammie (Mark) Janssen, of Brighton; three nieces, Candice, Janet and Heather; and four nephews, Michael, Darrell II, Andrew and William. He was preceded in death by his sister, Tammy Dawson, and grandparents, Victor and Ellen Cutler and Jacob and Mildred Dawson.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., July 17, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1400 Skeel St., Brighton. Interment follows at Elmwood Cemetery. Make memorial contributions to the Vernon J. Dawson Memorial Fund, in care of Valley Bank & trust, 30 N. Fourth Ave., Brighton 80601.

Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.