A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Huey Allan Dawson, 83, who passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at his home north of Wheatland, Wyoming.
Huey was born on Thursday, September 7, 1939, the eldest son of Everett Jackson and Leota Maxine (Kindt) Dawson. He was born and grew up in Wheatland, additionally he attended his schooling in Wheatland, and graduated from Wheatland High School in 1957. Huey was married to Lena Maria (Balzan) Dawson for 60 years. They were blessed with two sons, Dale and Donna and grandson, Dante’ Dawson, and William “Billy” and Chrissy and granddaughters, Gavrielle and Bianca Dawson all of Wheatland; grandson, Will and Brooke (Dannels) of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Huey began working for Wyoming Game and Fish in the summer of 1955 when he was a junior in high school and worked alongside Floyd Blunt at Sybille Wildlife Reserve in Sybille Canyon. After high school, he attended the University of Wyoming and earned his Bachelor’s degree in range management. He served his entire Game and Fish career at Sybille, starting as a technician before his promotions to biologist and supervisor. During his time at the Game and Fish, Dawson earned an international reputation for the big game handling and rearing techniques he developed at Sybille. He dedicated his career to the Game and Fish for 36 years. He retired from the Game and Fish in June of 1994. Huey was remembered by many fellow members of the Game and Fish for his “friendly and easygoing manner” which rewarded him with lifelong friendships and offered great leadership and innovation which made Sybille Wildlife and Research and Education Unit a successful research and conservation facility for many years.
Huey was a member of the Army National Guard. He enlisted in November of 1956. During his time with the National Guard, he was an Assistant Section Chief and was awarded the Expert Medal in Rifle. Huey was honorably discharged on November 22, 1963.
Huey was very kind, hardworking and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. Huey had a great love for animals and he enjoyed his registered long horn cattle in later years. Huey can always be remembered by others as having a kind word to say or helping hand to give to anyone. He would like to be remembered as a “hard worker, a good husband, and father who loved and appreciated his children, grandchildren, and other family members.”
Huey is survived by his son, Dale (Donna) and grandson Dante; son, Billy (Chrissy) and granddaughters, Gavrielle and Bianca, all of Wheatland; grandson, Will (Brooke) Dawson of Cheyenne. Huey is also survived by his sister, Winnie Atterbury, and brother, Jay (Della) Dawson both of Wheatland. He is also survived by his sister, Billie Nimsgern of Providence, Rhode Island and sister, Betty (Jon) Bagenstos of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Lena Marie (Balzan) Dawson; sister, Connie Stiviason; parents, Everett Dawson and Leota (Kindt) Dawson Throckmorton; and infant son, Rex Dawson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who he enjoyed visits from frequently.
Huey requested that any memorial contributions be made to the Wheatland High School Rodeo Club.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com