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Lee Arnold Dawson
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1916
Port Townsend
Jefferson County
Washington, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 1940
Snohomish County
Washington, USA

Farm Bureau News, Oak Harbor, Washington, Thursday February 22, 1940


Killed As Walks Road After Reporting Accident

Oak Harbor - The mystery that shrouds the tragic death of Lee Arnold Dawson, 23, when he was run over and killed on the Seattle-Everett highway Saturday evening, February 17, about 12:15 midnight will never be revealed. Circumstances of the tragedy wherein they involved Jess Cleveland, distant relative and close friend who employed Lee were described by Mr. Cleveland.

"At 11:03 Saturday night Mrs. Cleveland and I received a phone call from Lee from a small restaurant on the Alderwood Manor crossroads, telling me that he had a pretty bad accident with his truck one-quarter of a mile toward Seattle from the Alderwood crossroads. He arranged that I would drive out right away and pick up the freight and empty milk cans. He said he would meet me at the truck. His condition was entirely normal and he didn't appear at all dazed as he spoke."

Damage to Truck $400

"I left about 11:20 PM and estimate I got to the damaged truck about 1 AM Sunday. I found it where he had described, a pole and three mail boxes sheared off beside it - the damage to the truck about $400.

"Lee wasn't around. I supposed he had not yet returned from where he had telephoned. I began to take care of the freight and the cans when a State patrolman stopped by and told me Lee had been killed about a mile from there. That's all I know, the rest is just guessing."

The only logical conclusion arrived at by Mr. Cleveland and Mr. S. S. Crosby, grandparent, who had raised Lee was that Lee had gone to meet Mr. Cleveland. "He likely stayed in the restaurant until it closed up. That must have been until 11:45 PM or so," said Mr. Cleveland. "Then he decided he would go to meet me to direct me where to find the car. There weren't many cars on the highway that time of night. His body was found about a mile on the Everett side of the restaurant where he phoned."

Alfred Lowe, employee of a Seattle shipping company, and his wife, were in the car which is said to have struck Lee. Howe, who was driving, reported the accident to the Sheriff in Everett and remained on hand until Mr. Cleveland arrived. He told Mr. Cleveland Lee was walking in the middle of the road and he loomed up so suddenly on the road it was impossible to miss hitting him.


The newspaper is a weekly, published every Thursday, the account of Lee's death and his obituary appeared in the same issue.

Farm Bureau News, Oak Harbor, Washington

Thursday, February 22, 1940

Funeral services were conducted for Lee Arnold Dawson by Reverand P. H. Ashby in the chapel of the Oak Harbor Funeral Home February 20th. Mrs. Ray Morris sang two solos and Miss Elizabeth Wheeler accompanied her. Jack Wood played Taps.

Pall Bearers were John Wardenaar, John Vanderzicht, Ray Love, Chuck Bos, Peter Scott and Frank Judsen. Interment followed in the Maple Leaf Cemetery.

Reverand Ashby's final tribute to the memory of Lee Arnold Dason was as follows:

We are gathered together this afternoon to pay tribute to the memory of Lee Arnold Dawson who was born September 10, 1916 at Port Townsend, Washington. He moved to Gig Harbor, Washington at about three years of age. There he was raised by his grandparent Mr. and Mrs. Seth S. Crosby. He joined the United States Navy at 17 years of age and received his honorable discharge from that service in 1937. He came to Oak Harbor in 1937 where he was employed by the Whidbey Camano Auto Freight Company.

In August, 1938 he married the former Miss Patricia Jean Burrier. A son was born to them in October, 1939, bringing the happiness to their home that can come only from the presence of a happy healthy baby.

He met his tragic death the night of February 17, 1940 at the age of 23. He is survived by his bereaved wife Patricia Burrier Dawson, his infant son Dennis Dawson, one brother Joel Raymond Young of the United States Navy, his father P. A. Dawson, his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Seth S. Crosby and his many friends and neighbors.

Family links: 
  Merle Crosby Dawson (1896 - 1923)
  Lee Arnold Dawson (1916 - 1940)
  Philip A. Dawson (1918 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Leaf Cemetery
Oak Harbor
Island County
Washington, USA
Plot: Sec 4, blk 106, lot 23
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Originally Created by: Clint Dunn
Record added: Feb 22, 2010
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Lee Arnold Dawson
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Lee Arnold Dawson
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- NikB
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