It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of one of our own. Buzz Dawson came from Florida and quickly became a part of our NorCal86 Family. He joined us for many meets, drives, and laughs. Driving his car was not his whole life, but it was through that, that many of us had the honor to spend time with him. You left us too soon Buzz, we miss you already.
Buzz was a great deal of things to many people. He was a loving husband, a highly intelligent engineer, a wildly creative designer and animator. He previously worked for NASA, gave live science demonstrations, built robots for competition, appeared on TV shows, and taught classes in computer animation. He was incredibly approachable and friendly at the car meets and at the racetrack. So many stories have surfaced about what a caring and helpful guy he was and how he has personally touched so many of us. He tried valiantly to get many of us to join him in playing so many of the card and board games that he loved. On a personal note, I loved talking with him at some of the meets and dinners about building trebuchets, catapults, and driving simulators. I regret never getting the chance to play a round of Cards Against Humanity (a game he mentioned) with him. But I heard from several other club members that they had a hilarious night playing it together at one of the South Bay meets that I missed out on.
Those of you who frequent FT86Club’s forums will no doubt recognize Buzz’s image from the science center flyer below, that was his forum avatar.
It’s impossible to mention everything that Buzz had done in his life in such a short post, but hopefully this gives you a glimpse into what a wonderful and imaginative person Buzz was. The world was a better place while he was with us, and now it’s a little bit worse without him.
Buzz leaves behind his loving wife Alexia, who a few of us had the honor of meeting as well at some of the car meets.
For more info about Buzz you can visit some of Buzz’s former project sites:
We’ve started a thread in memory of Buzz over on FT86Club — to read more about how he touched some of our lives and to share some of your memories, please visit here: http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71693
Please come back later for more news about planned memorial activities for Buzz — we will probably have a memorial drive along Hwy 9 (one of Buzz’s favorite driving roads).
Rest in Peace, Buzz — We miss you.
Update 8/10/14: The Memorial drive will take place Saturday, Sept. 20. Please check back for exact times and route later.