Ben Austin Dawson, 87, of Eagle Point, died Dec. 7, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Sunnyside,CA., to Ben and Josie Kyle Dawson.
He graduated from Sweetwater High School, National City, CA. and served in the Army.
On Feb. 15, 1969, in San Diego, CA., he married Amy Munson. Ben was a foreman for Knudson Creamery in San Diego for 25 years.
He was a life member of the American Legion Post 282, La Mesa, Ca, the Eagle Point Historical Society and a member of the Eagle Point Senior Center.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children; Deana Mazzeo, San Diego, Heidi Moore, Eagle Point, Holly Saenz, San Diego, Hilary (Larry) Douglas, Medford and Michael (Cathy) Hyland, Eagle Point; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Dawson; two sisters, Alma Hayes and Cornelia Dawson; and three brothers, Jesse Dawson, John Dawson and Dan Nelson.
There will be a service on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ben Dawson’s name to the American Heart Association, Lock Box 30947, P.O. Box 60000, San Francisco, CA 94160. Donations will benefit the Southern Oregon area.