Allen Dawson, Jr. – December 23, 2014

Dawson, Allen Jr.Allen Dawson, Jr., 87, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

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.

0 Replies to “Allen Dawson, Jr. – December 23, 2014”

  1. It is with deep sadness but fond memories that I write this message. Allen was my true mentor as I embarked on my career with AB. I will miss him terribly but cherish the great times I had with him. He was one of a kind and the best “beer man” I ever knew.

  2. My condolences to the entire Dawson family. Allen was an influence to me in my business development as well as someone I called friend. His presence in the lives of many and the whole panhandle community will be missed.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will never forget the fun times working at Budco with all of you I will cherish and remember those days forever I will never forget the time that Mr. Dawson told me to get a gym going and that he would help me I never did but it was something I always wanted to do I regret not doing it but it was nice to know I would have had his support it ran in the family you all always supported me and my family as an employee at Budco and I will forever remember and cherish the good times with the Dawson family.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers sent to the Dawson family. I recall as a kid going to the AHS football practice and Mr. Dawson was always there helping out and cheering on the players. Super fun and nice guy who will be missed.
    God bless!!!

  5. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this time. Working for Mr. Dawson was a real pleasure. Remember the good times.

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. May happy memories of your parents bring you comfort at this difficult time and through the holiday season.

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