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    Default The Dawe Family: Dawe Craft Boats

    Ernie Dawe: Dawe Craft Boats and Family....

    Well, yesterday, Tammy Dawe ran 20 SS Hydro and Steven ran 45 SS at Copperopolis. Some 550 miles from Indio....

    Today, five minutes ago, Pat Bowen saw Ernie Dawe heading NORTH around Fresno with four hydros on a trailer....(Two of Tammy's and two of Jeff Conant, aka AZOUTLAW!!!!)...

    Seems that ERNIE DAWE and Family drove home last night, left off the 45, loaded up the four boat trailer and headed for Cluaby, Oregon for the Divisionals.....Mandy Smith and grand child (children) are on board, too!!!

    Good luck to the Dawe and AZOutlaw in Oregon...Mike Mentor and Angie are heading up north also, but they didn't add 1,100 miles to their trip...

    Not sure when the above happened but the Dawes have been boat racers for many years.

    Here is the old picture I have of Ruben Dawe. Ruben was Jimmy, Ernie and Virginia Dawe's dad. Their mother's name was Helen.
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    Default Dawe Family

    More recently, like last weekend Tammy Dawe won the ASH Western Divisionals at Parker. Steve was in a two boat blow over--wrecked the boat but Steve was OK. His wife of less than a year was a little upset. Crashing wasn't noted in the boat racing contract she committed to.

    The Dawe Family has consistantly supported boat racing for more than 50 years. They've won more than their share of important races and honors. I frequently think of Tammy and Steve's Grandparents. I really like Reuben--he was a hard guy not to like. I like the picture above. I think the good-looking other guy in th pic is me. I was younger then.

    And Helen was a very bright capable lady. Ern and I used to play bridge against Helen and my late wife, Judy. We talked a better game than they did, but they generally beat us.

    The Dawes are an assset to boat racing.

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    Default 1955-56 Speed Boat Rodeo

    I was in 6th grade in 1955-56, in those days if you were 12, you'd better be in 6th grade. But, because I had "Magically" become 12 in 5th grade, many wondered if I was 13 in 6th grade.

    My teacher, Miss Conard, came to my boat races on TV. She thought I was a great dancer, as she taught us all square dancing. My mom made all the six graders sashes so we looked "COOL" when we danced.

    I never thought much about my mom's sewing and she just sewed everything.

    Christmas Vacation came along, and my teacher decide to take a "ROAD TRIP".

    Miss Conard stopped at the Chevron gas station in Needles, which was oned by the Dawe Family. She saw race boats on a trailer. She talked to Ruben Dawe, who explained that Ronnie Hill, was a great boat racer.

    Miss Conard sent me a post card from Needles telling me I was "FAMOUS" in Needles, that Ruben Dawe said so.

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    Default Ruben Dawe

    Ruben Dawe probably loved boat racing more than anything in his life. Ruben had a problem with Jim Beam, and he struggled with it all his life.

    Ruben was very likeable, when he was sober and when he'd had a few drinks.

    How he and Helen ended up owning the Chevron gas station in Needles, I don' t know. This gas station was very profitable.

    Ruben would often tell stories about owning that gas station.

    Ruben's famous lines were, "Piss, water and information."

    People would pull in to their station and ask, "How hot is it? How far is it to Los Angeles? Where do I get a drink of water?" Ruben wanted to sell gasoline, he didnt want to give out "Piss, water and information."

    Ruben's famous line was, "You know what I mean?"

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    Default Reuben

    I really, truly liked Reuben, you know what I mean. He never had a bad word about anybody, you know what I mean.

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    Default Tammy Dawe Passed Away Last Week

    They found Tammy at 7:40 A.M. in her classroom, last Tuesday June 12, 2012. The coroner called Ernie about 8:00 A.M. At this time no one knows the cause of death except that it was natural causes. I have heard there is a funeral planned in Indio, next Friday, which will be June 22, 2012. This is all I know, when I hear more I will post it.

    When I can collect my thoughts better than right now, I'll write more about Tammy.

    For now, let me say that I'm so happy that Ernie, Tammy and I went to Culaby, Oregon a few years back. We enjoyed that four days together. I got to know Tammy better than I had really ever known here....like she told me, she had known me all her life but never really knew me, either.

    Ernie had sold Tammy's A Hydro 2012 Divisional winning boat to Ross Wallach. I told Ernie I didn't like seeing her run a brand new boat at the Nationals. I'm not sure how this had worked, but I bought Tammy a new boat for the Nationals. Ernie and Tammy had high hopes for this year's Nationals, and I guess I was in the thick of it too!
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    Default Tammy Dawe's Funeral

    Funeral will take place Fri 6-22 at 1pm.

    Shepard of the Valley United Methodist Church
    45501 Deglet Noor
    Indio, CA 92201
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    Default Tammy Dawe 200, Whitney Point, New York

    Cathy McConnell sent me this picture of Tammy.
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    Default Ernie Stopped By Today 10/24/12

    Ernie has two "A" Hydros to build: One for Ade in Colorado and one for Tim Herman in Phoenix. Ernie had picked up some wood and needed to get some epoxy. He stopped by Hill Marine. Ernie is in good spirits. He wishes some of you who used to call or email would continue to email him.

    He went to Minden with Dave Hale and was happy to be at the races. He felt Dave did a fine job driving Tammy's old (new) 20 SS Hydro...

    He is seriously considering getting a Sport C, now that he is old enough!

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    Default 50th Anniversary for Ernie Dawe and Mary Jo

    Last Saturday, June 10th, 2017, Ernie and Mary Jo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their kids put on a great surprise party. Frank Zorkan, Jimbo McConnell and me..
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