In Memory

Lowell Dawson

Lowell Roger Dawson passed away early July 24, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. 

Lowell was born April 10, 1945 in Ogden, Utah to Harold and Doris Dawson.  He grew up in Layton, Utah alongside his siblings Mark Dawson, Karlene Greenwood, Joyce Barker, and Patricia Morris.  He worked hard with his father and brother raising bees to sell honey.  He loved to play sports, but was often in casts with injuries forcing him to be a spectator.  He graduated from Davis High School and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia in 1964. 

Lowell met his sweetheart Joyce Tullis in 1967 at Weber State University.  They were later married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 12, 1968.  After completing dental school, Lowell had dental practices in Evanston, Wyoming; Omaha, Nebraska; and Mesquite, Texas before settling in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he had a practice for 20 years.  He often traded dental services or even performed services for free for those who could not afford to pay.  He also had many friends who he loved and adored him. 

Lowell was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he held and magnified several callings including Sunday school teacher, High Councilman, and Bishop. He had a deep and strong testimony of the Gospel, especially of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Lowell had many passions in life including Dr. Pepper, a good cheeseburger, western movies, gardening, writing screenplays, and reading, but his greatest love was for his family and especially his dear wife Joyce.  He and Joyce have five children: Annette (Derik) Quinn, Ben (Andrea) Dawson, Sara (Ron) McGurie, Clint (Katherine) Dawson, and Stacie (Corey) Nieves.  He found great joy and amusement in his 12 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jordan, Megan, Michael, Jasen, Emma, Spencer, Hallie, Jack, Tess, Zack, and Sam.  He was a generous father and grandfather and always looked out for his family. 

Lowell’s example of selflessness and tender loving care for his wife the last few years will never be forgotten.  He was our biggest supporter and we will miss him dearly.  His sudden illness and passing was a shock, but we are grateful that he is at peace and has been reunited with his parents and sister.  We know that he is still watching over and caring for mom. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Doris Dawson and his sister Joyce Barker. 

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff and healthcare providers especially the nurses, at McKay-Dee Hospital for their compassion and diligent care. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main.  Friends may visit family Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.

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08/01/16 05:32 PM #1    

Cheryl Van Orden (White)

I was sorry to hear of Lowell Dawson's passing.  He was a close neighbor and dear friend. I spent many hours visiting with him when he was in his body cast and dancing at church dances ( at arms length as required,of course). He was a kind and thoughtful person. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Lowell.

Cheryl VanOrden White


08/01/16 05:45 PM #2    

Lynda Perry (Watts)

Pensive pondering going on here.  I am deeply reflective and prayerful for his wife, Joyce.  That he was her "selfless and tender-loving caregiver" and "is still watching over and caring for her" intensely hit my heart.  That's where I am currently.  I cannot even imagine the challenge of having my superhero-selfless-tenderloving caregiver go before I do.  How I would LOVE to know how Joyce is doing.  Lowell/Dr Dawson's obituary is perfectly fitting with how I remember him at DHS.  Grateful for his kindness to me, "one of the least of these."  Prayers for his family <3

Linda Perry Watts

08/02/16 08:49 AM #3    

Glen Davis

I remember Lowell as a kind, bright, gentle guy who always had a positive comment for our group of friends. Although our lives took us to different corners of the country, whenever our paths crossed, Lowell's kind and positive comments for others endured. He has had a lasting impression on my life and the lives of all those young friends at Davis High School, now grown older. 

My respect, love, and sympathies,

Glen Davis


08/02/16 11:09 AM #4    

Lynda Carver (Thompson)

I would also like to comment on Lowell's passing.   Reading about this yesterday helped me reflect on Lowell as we knew him in our younger days.   He was so friendly and kind.    I always enjoyed being around him for his quiet humor and pleasant ways.   He has raised a wonderful family, has enjoyed a long career of helping and serving others, and has been that remarkable husband that his dear wife could rely on.   His obituary was so beautifully written and expressed so well his life well lived.   I feel blessed to have known him.   Love and sympathy to his family,  Lynda Carver Thompson      

08/02/16 02:59 PM #5    

Sam Rushforth

Well, Lowell. You were a very good friend and an excellent man. The world feels colder to me without you in it. Life is short, but you had a fine run and were a friend and a hero to many. I will miss you, my friend.

08/03/16 10:00 AM #6    

Marsha Massey (Daskevich)

I know without a doubt that Lowell is with Jesus in Heaven!  I want to tell his wife, Joyce, and his entire family that Lowell had a profound effect on me in high school.  He stood out from so many of the other guys.  He was such a true gentleman, so respectful of girls and had a warm smile for all.  GOOD MEMORIES!  It doesn't surprise me how much he did for the underprivileged later in life and that he tenderly cared for his wife.  That's who Lowell was. God bless you Lowell and may God bring comfort, peace and strength to your wonderful family.  I will keep all of you in my prayers.

08/04/16 09:45 PM #7    

Wayne Baker

I was shocked and sadened when I heard of Lowell's passing.  Lowell was a good friend to me and it seemed to everyone.  He treated everyone the same.  Although after high school life takes us in different directions and we only see one another at a reunion, he always had a smile for you like 1963 was yesterday.  Lowell was a great example to us all.

My condolences to his family,

Wayne Baker

08/05/16 07:16 AM #8    

Kay Merrill (Richards)

My love and prayers are with Lowell's sweet wife and family! We are all blessed to have known him. I had the privilege of going to one of the dances with him and as has been said he was so kind and a gentleman in every sense of the word. It's a blessing to have shared happy high school memories with Lowell! 

08/05/16 11:13 AM #9    

Joy Rigby (Brown)

Joy Rigby Brown

Lowell was a calm presence in the sometimes hectic days of high school.  I appreciated him as a dear friend.  Recently he worked as a greeter at Home Depot.  He said he enjoyed seeing people and visiting.  It was good to visit with him for a few minutes. I Ieft feeling happy and uplifted and , yes, like I was seventeen again.  Thank you, Dear Lowell, for the goodness of your life. 

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