Wyatt Wagner Dawson Jr.

May 17, 1923September 1, 2013

Wyatt Wagner Dawson, Jr.

Wyatt Wagner Dawson passed on Sunday, September 1, 2013, the weekend he organized a family reunion for 45 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; they all celebrated his life and legacy together.

Wyatt led an adventurous life, from hunting on the great African plains and a lifelong pursuit of muskies and turkeys to testifying before congress in the 1960s when he was Group Vice President for Rexnord, a worldwide industrial company. He was intellectually driven to seek an Objectivist perspective, raising his children to think for themselves and always do the best that they could do, whatever the endeavor. His Stanford M.E. graduate degree was to be the foundation of a lifelong pursuit to fix, engineer or fabricate almost anything that organized the mundane, and made sense of a chaotic world. Murphy’s Law was not a threat to Wyatt.

Our father, and husband, will be remembered for his fairness and rewards for a job well done. He was mission driven, providing his family of five children the experience to stay safe and enjoy themselves whether on a horse pack trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or fishing in the Great Lakes aboard the “Yellowtail,” a 30 foot cabin-cruiser he captained with the precision only his power squadron credential could afford.

Wyatt served as a 1st Lieutenant in World War II, flying in the "Club 400" B-24 Bomber as chief navigator. The Club 400, named after a NY nightclub that sold war bonds for planes, tallied over 100 missions of which 27 Wyatt flew earning an Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters before an honorable discharge 24 July 1944. As his journal notes, he spent most of his discharge day in a processing line with Captain Ronald Reagan. "A real nice down to earth guy."

He returned from active duty to marry his high school sweetheart Marilyn Murray on March 24th, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. They celebrated their 67th anniversary this past spring.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman his entire life and traveled the world chasing big game as well as booking trips and safaris for others. He was a member of Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, serving as president, and served on the Board of Directors for Gehl Corporation and Junior Achievement.

The Pride carries on with wife, mother Marilyn at the lead, daughters Carolee, Mary Lou and Sally followed by sons Bill and Hugh. 10 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren round out the family today. We all miss him dearly.

Military services will be held on Friday, September 6th at the DFW National Cemetery at 9:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Hillsdale College, 33 East College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242 or the Texas Wildlife Association, 2800 North NE Interstate 410 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78218. Ted Dickey West Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the family. For online condolences, visit


  • Graveside Service Friday, September 6, 2013

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Charmaine Wargolet

February 22, 2014

I knew Wyatt over the years in SCI.The world has lost a wonderful man. He had a smile as big as the state he lived in.A smile so warm that it made his eyes twinkle. He will be remembered fondly by so many. My deepest condolences to his family.Gods Blessings.

Jack Fleischli

December 1, 2013

I worked with Wyatt when it was chain Belt Co. In La. 1950-1953, after which I stated my own business. Whatt was on the order desk and I was the star salesman. I'm 92and in good health.
My e-mail is Address: 5519 Paseo Del Lago E #3f, Laguna Woods, Ca. 92637

Dieter Janzen

October 14, 2013

Ich habe Wyatt vor über 40 Jahren, bei Rexnord Deutschland kennengelernt. Ich war damals dort Betriebleiter. Obwohl ich kein englisch und Wyatt kein deutsch geprochen hat, haben wir uns sofort verstanden. Unsere gemeinsame Verbindung war die Jagd. Wir haben die Verbindung über all die Jahrzehnte gehalten, und uns regelmäßig geschrieben (meine Kinder haben übersetzt). Wyatt war Teil meines Lebens. Ich werde seine Briefe und Gedanken vermissen. Dieter Janzen

September 6, 2013

To Marilyn and family. Foremost, Mary Jo and I want to express our condolences on your loss of Wyatt. I remember him as having been largely responsible for my enjoyable time and career at Rexnord, especially at Warren. He was always helpful and encouraging to this then young, naive engineer. We will keep Wyatt in our prayers. Bob Wallis

Dina Frazier

September 6, 2013

Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear of Wyatt's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dina Frazier

September 5, 2013

Marilyn: My deep sympathy to you and your family on Wyatt's passing. I enjoyed working with him at Rexnord as a fellow VP. We had a great working relationship -- and personal friendship.
Warren Stumpe (Mequon, WI)

Jean Richau

September 5, 2013

I wish to extend my sympathy to your family on the passing of such a grand gentleman. I remember him always smiling. He seemed to really enjoy his life and his family. In my eyes, he was the perfect Dad. When you were living in Whitefish Bay, I would have adopted myself into your family if I could have. Jean Brumblay Richau