A memorial gathering will take place at Amarillo Country Club at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014. Private family burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Allen was born on May 24, 1927 in El Paso to Allen Dawson, Sr. and Agnes Carnes Dawson. He attended high school at Amarillo High School and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business. He received his Master’s degree from New York University. Allen served in the U.S. Navy and attended Southern Methodist University during World War II.
Allen married Ellen Jayne McAuliffe in Katona, NY on October 4, 1951. He worked for the firm of Dillon-Read & Co. while in school. After Graduation, Ellen and Allen returned to Texas, moving to Hereford where Allen went to work in the cattle business with his father.
On August 1, 1955, Allen purchased the Anheuser-Busch distributorship in Amarillo with M.T. Johnson, Jr., cementing their long-term commitment to Amarillo. He was also a partner in founding Sunset Center with Johnson.
He built the business into an award-winning distributorship in the Panhandle and South Plains. He was a member of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas from 1963-1989. Through the Dimensions of Excellence program of Anheuser-Busch, he and Ellen took trips around the world making memories he cherished his entire life.
On August 1, 1989, he retired from the distributorship and sold the business to his children.
The Dawson’s loved playing golf and tennis in Amarillo and Arizona. For several years, the Dawson’s wintered in Arizona. He was a longtime member of the Amarillo Club and the Amarillo Country Club.
Allen was an amazing father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He supported his children in all their sports and school activities from Sybil’s swimming competitions, Vincent’s marching band, Allen III’s football and Berkley’s baseball.
Allen attended Wolflin Elementary School, where early on, his love of pranks gained him both notoriety and admiration among his peers and educators alike. Tales of his hijinks have become folklore over the years, like the time he dipped his classmate’s pigtails into his inkwell rather than use an ordinary pen.
His gift of humor and embellishment has provided his friends and family years of entertainment and laughs. The story of how he met and courted Ellen is a family treasure that will be retold for generations to come. With his salty language and quick fire temper, it wasn’t uncommon to see his trademark Stetson fly across the room. His deliberate words and depth of wisdom gained him respect and love from his family, friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by; his parents, his wife, Ellen Jayne Dawson and a sister, Sally Jo Vandale.
He is survived by three sons, Allen Dawson, III of Amarillo, Berkley Dawson and wife Bonnie of San Antonio, Vincent Dawson and wife Cindy of San Antonio; a daughter, Sybil Dickinson of Amarillo; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials to be to a favorite charity or to the Presbyterian Home for Children, 3400 Bowie St., Amarillo, TX 79109.