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OBITUARY: Dawson, Cary

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

-John Muir

Cary Dawson died suddenly on March 28 from an undiagnosed heart condition. He was 45.



Cary was born in San Francisco on Aug. 13, 1957, and grew up in the Bay Area. He attended Cal State University, Chico, where he majored in music with a minor in computer programming. After attending Chico State, he completed coursework in construction inspection technology at Butte College and was certified as a mechanical, building, electrical, and construction inspector.

Cary bought his first house on Donner Summit in 1993 after recalling the beauty of Serene Lakes from a family cross-country ski trip during high school. Cary was a true outdoorsman, with a great love for nature – from snow camping on Donner Summit to just stopping off Old Highway 40 to feel the power of 40-mph winds hitting his body. He loved snowboarding down Donner Peak, playing disc golf with his friends Rip and Jeff, and zooming around the hills on his mountain bike.



After working for 10 years as a construction inspector in the Bay Area, Cary moved to Donner Summit in 1995. Leaving his construction inspection career behind, he started a new career as owner and brewmaster of Donner Summit Brewery on Donner Lake. He cherished living in the mountains, running the brewery, and jamming with his friends, as he was a master guitarist.

Enjoying life was what Cary was all about. Donner Summit Brewery closed in 1999, and Cary resumed his construction inspection career, working as a freelance inspector in the Bay Area and Plumas County. Working just briefly back in the Bay Area made Cary realize how much he enjoyed living in the Donner area, spending time with the love of his life, Lyndi Beale. Last year, they brought their first home above Donner Lake and were very busy making plans for their life together. These plans will live on through his friends and family.

Cary is survived by his four brothers: Curt Dawson of Roseville, Calif., Bennet Dawson of St. Rocks, Vt., Donald Dawson of Toronto, Canada, and Douglas Dawson of Magalia, Calif. He is also survived by Lyndi Beale of Donner Lake and San Francisco. Cary, you will be greatly missed.


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