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Jack Leslie Dawson

February 14, 1942 July 15, 2019
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Jack Leslie Dawson, Ph.D.
Dr. Jack Dawson, 77, of Coeur d’Alene passed away July 16, 2019 at the Schneidmiller Hospice House from complications from a long battle with Parkinson’s. Born on February 14, 1942 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Jack and Kathryn Dawson. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara, and four siblings, Gary Dawson (Noreen), Mesa, CO, Jeannie Emigh (Ken Hunter) Durango, CO, Debbie Shandera (Allen), Spokane, WA, Stanley Gilland (Paula), Cape Coral, FL, and their families. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Jeanie Dawson, parents, Jack and Kathryn Dawson and brother Charles.
A lifelong learner and veteran filled with humanity
After graduating with a BS in Education from Colorado State University in 1964, Jack started his career in education at Montezuma Creek Elementary School located on the Navajo Reservation in Utah. He met a fellow elementary teacher, Barbara Jean Rodden, and in 1967 they were married. That same year, Jack enlisted in the US Navy and received his Master of Science degree at the University of Northern Colorado.
A decorated Navy Officer, Lieutenant Dawson served his first tour of duty in Vietnam where he supported the Navy Seals. During his second tour of duty, Dawson returned to the Philippines where he was in command of patrol torpedo boats.
Dawson leaves an education legacy
In 1971, Jack and Barbara moved to Coeur d’Alene, where Jack taught at Dalton Elementary and he served as principal for 5 years.
Jack’s academic drive led him to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Idaho in 1982. He became the director of the UI Coeur d’Alene Center in 1982 and not long after that became Dean until his retirement in 2008.
Jack’s dedication of K-12 and higher education can be seen by the opportunities he championed for all students, teachers and administrators through his leadership at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene. After he was hired, the U of I Coeur d’Alene grew from an office in CDA School District to the U of I Coeur d’Alene Harbor Center along the Spokane River.
Dr. Dawson was loved by staff and community receiving Kootenai County’s Boss of the Year award during his time at U of I Coeur d’Alene. He served on countless community and church advisory boards and committees. Jack has been a long time Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club member where he served as the Club’s President 2003-2004.
In Memory of Jack Dawson – July 19, 2019
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 19, 2019 starting 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Memorial Donations can be made in honor of Jack to the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club Foundation, EXCEL Foundation, or the First Presbyterian Church of Coeur d’Alene.

Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club
PO Box 444, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816

EXCEL Foundation
PO Box 2469, Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83816

First Presbyterian Church
521 Lakeside Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 7/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church

521 Lakeside Avenue
Couer d'Alene, ID 83814

First Presbyterian Church
521 Lakeside Avenue Couer d'Alene 83814 ID
United States

Memorial Contribution

EXCEL Foundation

P.O. Box 2469
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83816

First Presbyterian Church

521 Lakeside Avenue
Couer d'Alene, ID 83814

Coeur d' Alene Rotary Club

P.O. Box 444
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83816

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