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Francis (Bus) Burton Dawson February 12, 1925 - October 31, 2021

Francis “Bus” Dawson, 96, of Boise, passed away October 31, 2021. Bus was born on February 12th 1925, in Denver, Colorado to parents Floyd and Lillian Dawson.

Bus served in the United States Marine Corp during WW2 and was wounded in the assault on Saipan when his amphibious tank was hit. He rejoined his unit for the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was discharged after the war and attended Biola Bible School. He married Jane Klein and they prepared to become pioneer missionaries, joining Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1950. He served with Wycliffe for over 50 years. He earned a master’s degree in Linguists from The University of Hawaii in 1971. He lost his wife Jane in 1975 and married Jean Shand in 1977. He served in many roles with Wycliffe and the Summer Institute of Linguistics which took him all over southeast Asia as the Southeast Asia Area Director. After the Philippines, he served in Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and other places. It was his passion to see as much of the Bible translated for indigenous people as possible and was especially involved with the Tagakaulo Kalgan translation which he started in 1953 with wife Jane and children. He was as involved as possible until he was 90 when he had to cease traveling overseas but he carried on working by email as long as he could.

He is survived by two sisters, Joan and Carol and 5 children: Shirley, Gail, Dale, Beverly, and Nancy.

He was greeted in Heaven by his parents, many brothers and sisters, friends, and co-workers who preceded him to Glory.

A committal servcie will be held, 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, Idaho. The service will be conducted by his family with grandson Pastor Andrew Luedtke officiating. He will be missed by all who knew him and had the opportunity to work with him.

Rest in Peace Dad.

A committal servcie will be held, 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise, Idaho. The service will be conducted by his family with grandson Pastor Andrew Luedtke officiating. He will be missed by all who knew him and had the opportunity to work with him.

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    David Briley says

    A memory I have of Bus was when he came to our village allocation of Agoiogoa in Papua (at that time Irian Jaya) in Indonesia. Joyce and I were living in dirt floor crude shelter. Bus spent his nights there in the newly appointed headman’s hut. He was there to encourage us to go ahead and build a house after the headman of the village was killed while out in the jungle gathering materials for our house. Bus became a friend of Bi the new headman in short order. Even to the point of going down to the river with Bi and I and skinny dipping in the river that flowed by the village. His leadership to our branch was such a blessing. Missing you Bus. Dave and Joyce Briley

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