Craig Richard Dawson, Sr.

Craig Richard Dawson, Sr., 58, of Waco, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020

Visitation:  10:00 AM Monday, May 25, 2020 at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Monday, May 25, 2020 at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Craig was born December 26, 1961 in Huntingburg, Indiana. After graduation, he joined the US Army in 1981, and spent the next 15 years serving his country. During his time in the Army, Craig served in several locations, including the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait during the first Gulf War. He loved riding motorcycles, playing softball, and spending time with his kids. He married Jennifer Bailey November 19, 2001 in Waco, and they had a wonderful life of 25 years together.

Craig was larger than life and had a heart of gold. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Once he claimed you as family you were loved and protected for life!

Preceding him in death was his father, Richard Dawson.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 19 years, Jennifer Dawson; his children, Mandee Mudget, Craig Dawson Junior, and Julia Jaclyn-Marie Dawson; grandchildren, Blake Dawson, Kaitlyn Rogers and Cole Rogers; his mother, Navada Dawson; his brothers, David Dawson and wife, Shawna and Todd Dawson and wife, Amanda; sister, Rachel Carlisle and husband, Dustin; his father and mother-in-law, Jack and Donna Bailey; brothers- in-law, Tracy Bailey and wife, Krystal and Michael Bailey and wife, Brandy; his Army Brothers, Craig Cooper and wife Stacy, Dave Rice, Thomas Studholmes, and Jerome Jackson; special friends, Erika Isom, Judy James and Tony and Vicki Marquez; God-sons, Isaiah and Jonah Bradshaw and Adrian Sykes; and a large extended family and numerous friends.

A very special thank you from our family to Dave Krahulec and everyone at Horizon Signal for all of the support and love, not just these past few days, but for the past 12 years.

Due to current restrictions and guidelines, and to protect the health those in attendance, we ask that hugging and handshakes be kept to a minimum. We love each and every one of you, and ask that you please understand and respect this request.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. May he rest in peace. You may be gone brother, but you will NEVER be forgotten. Love you!

  2. Stephanie Lankford

    Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, you may be tired. Lean on the love you share with Craig, and smile. Sending love and prayers for you and your sweet family, Jennifer.

    Love, Stephanie

  3. Earl Bunting CSM USA (ret)

    So sorry for your loss. Glad we got spend time with you and Craig last year in Waco. What a wonderful night it was remembering time together in the Army. He was a super solider. RIP .

  4. SFC Rick Lust

    “It is often hard to find the right words at a time like this. May you find peace, comfort, and all the love and support you need in the days to come.”

    • Cory & Connie Whitehead

      May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

  5. That was a beautiful write up. I enjoyed reading about him. First and foremost, I did not realize Craig was military… Thank you, Craig, for your dedication and service to this Country.

    Jennifer, my heart aches for you, your kids and the entire family. Lay your heartaches on the Lord and ask him for strength luv. I miss you sweet friend

  6. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your Family
    Jennifer !! 🤗❤️

  7. Dexter Ellzey

    Craig served our Nation with much distinction. Wishing his family and friends peace in knowing that Craig is now a soldier in the King’s Army. Amen!

  8. Words can’t describe how sorry I am. I’m still in shock. God Bless you and lift you up in these challenging times. Craig was such a great guy. Always smiling, ready to lend a hand to anybody. He will be sorely missed. I can see his smile to this day.

  9. Faye Richardson

    Such funny easy going guy will be miss RIP Craig prayers for family the class 79 will miss him

  10. Byron Spickard

    Jennifer, although we never had a chance to meet I just want you to know I have been praying daily for you and you kids. Craig and I met in Pueblo and served together until he went to the new site in Ft. Hood. Four years ago he came to Augusta, GA and we were able to hook up after all those years. He, I and Al kurtz with our wives had dinner that night reminiscing about out time in the military together and our lives after the military. Although he and I didn’t agree on Donald Trump I always had great respect for his passion and convictions. Craig was called away way too soon and will be greatly missed. I was and am honored to have served with him and to be privileged to call him my friend. He will always be remembered, and I gave great confidence in knowing that one day we will meet again. Craig and I spoke about his relationship with the Lord and he has an assuring testimony that that he knew the Lord Jesus Christ. Again my deepest condolences to you and the kids. We love you and I know Craig did too. God bless and may you feel his presence through this time of sorrow over the months to come.

  11. Sincere Condolences to the
    DawsonFamily from
    Pike Central Class of 1979.
    Rest in Peace, Craig, I will
    miss chatting with you.

  12. Jim. Loveless

    So sorry to learn of Craig’s passing!

  13. God Bless Craig and his family! So sorry from the Midway Football inflatable crew and The family of Shawn Hunt

  14. Craig was a great soldier, father, and friend. It was great to connect with you in Boise, Idaho, and Killeen, Texas.
    Your are missed!

  15. Christian Patiner

    Craig was the best. I will miss having all those great conversations. Craig would piss you off to no end one minute and give you a hug and help you though tough times the next. Craig was one of a kind. His passion and determination through life was unmatched. I can remember so many times how he could make you soooo mad and then laugh and tell you to not take it so personal. A tough solider, a fantastic human, and a friend you could always call. I will miss him a great deal.

  16. Tom Studholme

    Craig, my brother and buddy for over 30 years!! I’ll never forget all the great times we spent together from Ogden Utah and the Bandit softball days and trips we went on to our days in Saudi Arabia and USMTM softball. I’ll also never forget that’s where you met your wonderful wife and still a great friend of mine=Jennifer aka Beetle!! I ‘m so glad I got down to Texas just a couple years ago to see all of you, your great kids…Junior and Sis and the dogs I was so scared of but warmed up to me just like any Dawson family member would!! I’m going to miss you brother so much from our texting marathon during the UFC fights, to just checking in on each other. Breana also remembers all the fun swings in the blanket you used to give her when you’d come over to the house in Roy, Utah. She remembers what a great fun guy you were , how much you meant to me and will miss you as well. RIP Craig!!! #armystrong

  17. Steve Culbreth, MSG, USA (Ret)

    In this difficult time, please know that you are in my prayers. Craig was a good man, brother in arms, and dear friend. He will forever remain in my heart.

  18. Ray and Debbie Alvarez

    Jennifer our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family, God bless you all. It was an Honor serving with Craig he might be gone but he’ll never be forgotten, May Rest In Peace.

  19. Cathey George

    Jennifer: Greg and I are so sorry to hear about Craig’s passing. Prayers for you, your family, and Craig’s family. We now have one more angel to watch over us!

  20. Jesse Heitkamp

    My condolences to Jennifer and Craig’s entire Family. I had the privilege to work with Craig at Horizon Signal Technologies for the past 12 years. He was a great sole and someone I always enjoyed engaging with, at work or after. Peace to you Craig!

  21. I remember on the softball field Craig would walk up to the plate smiling and joking along the way, then nonchalantly knock the ball over the fence. Wishing comfort for all who knew him.

    David Leach

  22. Roger A Craig

    Craig is a cousin that I had not seen for years because of HIS SERVICE in the Military for this Great Country. All that I ever did hear about him was Top Notch and never a Foul Word. I have always keep track of him through my Family Tree Program. There was more than once I wished I had gone to Alaska to be with him while he served there.

    He will be missed and a whole that can not be filled.

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