William Donald Dawson
William Donald Dawson was born on November 19, 1942 in East Bernard, Texas and passed away on October 17, 2019 in Hunstville, Texas.
Bill moved to Huntsville during Jr. High and excelled in sports during his high school years. He lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He also became good friends with Evelyn Fitzgerald and finally asked her on a date their senior year. Their first date was to the prison rodeo October 16, 1960 with Bo Didley in concert.
Bill and Evelyn both attended Sam Houston State and married their senior year. After graduation, Bill started a long and successful career with the YMCA of The Greater Houston Area. During his 37 year career with the Y, Bill and Evelyn raised their two sons while living in Channelview, Conroe, Friendswood, and Pearland. As Bill transitioned into retirement, he and Evelyn returned to Huntsville where he became involved with Master Gardeners of Walker County. He enjoyed lots of times with friends and family in his many vegetable gardens over the years. Bill loved time outdoors, and throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with those he loved.
During retirement years, Bill and Evelyn were members of the Riverside United Methodist Church, where he served in several leadership roles. Bill believed in living out his faith everyday in his actions. He focused on the teachings of Jesus Christ and was an honest man who loved people.
The most precious thing in the world to Bill was his family. He wanted to attend all the activities he could from sports and concerts, to church plays and birthday parties, he loved to watch his loved ones in action. That quality time with family motivated him to host biannual reunions with his sons' families. These always included fun activities but focused on fellowship with meals and games together. Bill could call Texas Bingo like none other.
Bill is predeceased by his parents Wylie J. Dawson and Lillie Reimer Dawson, along with his brother Jim Dawson. He is survived by wife Evelyn, son Mike Dawson and his wife Reba, son John Dawson and his wife Cindy, sister Sandra Switzer and her husband Michael, sisters-in-law Patty Dawson and Anne Clancy and husband Harold, and father's wife Marj Dawson. Grandson Justin Dawson and wife Kathy, granddaughter Amanda Moseley and husband Brent, grandsons Cooper Dawson and Jack Dawson. Great grandchildren Beaux Dawson, Zoie Moseley, Lance Moseley, Blake Dawson, Bella Dawson, Emma Moseley, Avery Moseley, and Dawson Moseley.
Donations in Bill's memory can be made to-
Riverside United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 744, Riverside, Texas, 77367
Master Gardener Scholarship Fund, 102 B TAM Road, Huntsville, Texas 77340
Services will be...Monday, October 21st at 2:00pm at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, TX, the family will be receiving visitors prior to the Service between 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Interment will be at Riverside Pioneer Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made at www.shmfh.com.
Published on October 18, 2019

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John and Betty Munro
Oct 26, 2019
We remember Bill as a very kind, friendly and compassionate person.
He was always willing to help in anyway at Riverside United Methodist Church. We live in Florida but will always have fond memories of Bill in Texas. We were sad to hear of his passing but know that he is at peace and free of pain. We know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Marion Czaja
Oct 21, 2019
Bill was a very special person. He was a treasure that entered my life when I joined the Master Gardeners in Walker County. He was a person whose word was his bond. I knew I could trust every promise he gave one. His knowledge and ability to convey truth was wonderful!! He will be sorely missed. We can all celebrate that we knew Bill, and we can give thanks and praise for his life. Marion Czaja
Ken King
Oct 21, 2019
If you ever think to yourself, “Have I helped someone?” Well, Bill helped us in a way that has impacted our thoughts always. He sent my kids to the YMCA summer camps, gave me a tractor to play on and some cows to talk to. I had more fun working along side Bill than any little job I’ve ever had. Sometimes I thought I should be paying Bill.
Well, at times like these you go blank for the right thing to say. So, “Bill I hope there is a farm and tractor in Heaven” I’ll be there one day to help you.
Charlene Crocker
Oct 21, 2019
Bill was an inspiration; his encouragement and support for all he encountered was remarkable. He touched so many lives leaving everyone better for having known him. He will be missed and always remembered.
J.T. and Jennifer Langley
Oct 19, 2019
What a sweetheart of a man. I met him at Nautilus Gym years ago. He did herb judging for my Husband class in the prison unit! Thinking of the family!
Mary and Jimmy Johnson
Oct 19, 2019
We miss your smiling face at church.
June White
Oct 18, 2019
I will never forget your spectacular 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration at the church. You were such a sweet, devoted couple and had tons of photos, family and friends to celebrate with. Bill will be greatly missed; we'll wrap our loving arms around you, Evelyn, and walk with you until we join Bill in the arms of Jesus. Prayers continue. We love you.