Ralph Dawson was born Sept. 18, 1948, to John Sr. and Sarah Dawson. He was raised in the Stockton and the French Camp area. He later moved to Oakland where he graduated from Oakland Tech High School. After graduation, he was accepted into the Operator Engineer Apprentice Construction program. He went on to establish a career as a journeyman operator engineer. Later, he founded the Dawson Construction Company until his retirement in 2009.
Ralph departed this life on Feb. 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Helen Dawson; his three daughters, Tracy Penny, Kieonne (Nioshi) Jackson, and Dehanna (Brian) Shute; two stepdaughters, Michelle and Vivian Brassel; his mother and stepfather, Alfonzo and Sarah Brooks; four sisters, Maryanne (James) Neureiter of Georgia, LeuVenia (Clifton deceased) Scott of San Lorenzo, Rosie and Rita Dawson of Stockton; and two brothers, John Dawson, Jr. of Stockton and David Dawson of Georgia. Ralph also leaves eight grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Amada Carl Dawson; and his father, John Dawson, Sr.
Viewing will be 4:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, Bryan-Baker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Stephen’s CME Church, 2301 Union St., Fairfield.