Dwight H. Dawes
Apr 12, 1919 - Jan 26, 2012
DAWES, Dwight H.
Last Surviving Officer of the
USS Pillsbury Dies at age 92.
Dwight was born on April 12, 1919, in Springfield, South Dakota and died peacefully on January 26, 2012 in Sacramento. He graduated from the University of Iowa were he earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. While in the Navy during World War II, he was assigned to the Destroyer Escort USS Pillsbury. He received a Presidential Citation from the Secretary of the Navy for his involvement in the the capture of the German submarine U-505, along with its code books, sophisticated torpedoes, mine field charts and Enigma machine.
After the war, Lt. Commander Dawes married Eleanor Studebaker of Madison, WI, and together they had three daughters, Linda, Carol and Patricia.
Dwight later moved his family to California in 1974, purchased land in Lake County, and established Oakmont Vineyards by planting 14, 000 premium varietal grapevines.
After losing Eleanor, his wife of 43 years, he moved to Sacramento where his outstanding ballroom dancing helped win the heart of his second wife, Cris Powell, with whom he enjoyed the remaining 22 years of his life. Upon marrying Cris, he acquired three more daughters. Carleen, Debby and Lauri.
Dwight’s past affiliations include: World Affairs Council, Comstock Club, Ambassador’s Club, The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet, as well as an honorary member of the Easter Seal Guild and C.K. McClatchy H.S. Class of 1950.
His later interests included golfing, gardening, fishing, photography and world travel. Dwight will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends.
Friends are invited to join the family in celebrating Dwight’s life on Sat, Feb 11, 2:00 PM, at the Heritage Lakeside Clubhouse, 2620 Granite Park Ln, just off Harbor Point Drive in Elk Grove.
3030 Fruitridge Road