Hank Dawson, 80, died May 6, 2006, at his home in Payson. He was born Oct. 4, 1925 in Akron, Ohio to Lloyd and Mary Dawson.
At age 18, Hank entered the Navy during World War II. At the Long Beach Servicemen's Center, he was introduced to a Christian organization called the Navigators, and came to the Lord through memorizing John 5:24. From that time forward, Hank committed his life to mentoring young people, and felt that I Peter 3:15 and Isaiah 43:4 were important scriptures representing God's call on his life.
He married Aileen of Payson in 1953, and they had three daughters, Janelle Dick of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lori Nelson of Fredericksburg, Va., and Sheli McFarland of Phoenix.
Over the course of his life, he worked as a painter, receiving clerk at Glendale Community College for 17 years, and both volunteer and career missionary to military men and women in Kansas, California, Colorado and Arizona. After living in Phoenix 33 years, he and Aileen moved to Payson in 1994.
His nine grandchildren are Nathan, Kyle, Garran, Danae, Alex, Anne, Sean, Morgan and Sydne.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road.
Donations may be made to The Navigators, P.O. Box 6000, Colorado Springs, CO 80934. Please note in memo portion of check: Hank Dawson memorial fund.