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William Duane Dawson, 81, La Plata

William Duane “Bill,” “Big D” Dawson, 81, of La Plata died Nov. 10, 2012, at home.

Born Oct. 31, 1931, in Caldwell, Kan., he was the son of the late Minnie M. Mock Dawson and the late William A. Dawson.

Mr. Dawson was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He worked for the government as a procurement officer at Bolling Air Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base and the U.S. Army in Bremerhaven, Germany, retiring in 1985 with 37 years of service.

He was a member of the Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82 in La Plata and NARFE Chapter 26, Indian Head. He was active with the Waldorf Wildcats football program, serving on the board of directors and as the athletic director in the 1990s.

He most enjoyed his family, traveling, football and the Washington Redskins. He played Santa Claus for children in Germany and in Maryland at his granddaughters’ school, the mall and especially at the Festival of Trees in Waldorf. He was a member of the Hughesville Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Chrystal Miller, Wilma Abell and Jean Auber; nephew, John W. Auber; and niece, Diane Olson.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene “Kitty” Dawson; daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Dawson Ammar; granddaughters, Jasmine Ammar and Marie Ammar; nieces, Pamela Simonel and Mary Jane Auber; brothers-in-law, Douglas Hersch and his wife, Carol and Lester Hersch; sisters-in-law, Alice Freas, Dorothy Hersch, Hazel Zolly and her husband, Jack and Mary Hersch; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. with American Legion prayers at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Hughesville Baptist Church, Hughesville, where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 16. The Rev. Kevin Cullins will officiate. Burial will take place at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, MD 20646.

Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home. Charlotte Hall.