Bruce Wayne Dawley

November 24, 1950 to June 4, 2017

A beloved son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Survived by his mother, Shirley Dawley, three brothers George, Gary, and Darrell, three daughters Tamra, Bunny, and Chelsey, grandchildren Zakree, Savanna, Katie, Shane, and Claire, and one great-granddaughter Zaylie.

Preceded in death by his father Bernard (Bud) Dawley.

Born on November 24th 1950 and raised in San Diego California. Bruce was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army he served in Vietnam and was a recipient of numerous honorable medals including but not limited to three Purple Hearts and The Bronze Star Medal.

His hobbies and interests included, long drives on the motorcycle, camping, fishing, desert trips, hang-gliding, and taking in the beauty of nature. He was a man of all trades, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix, if there was he would duct tape it.

You traveled far and sacrificed much. You brought with you all that you were. You left the important parts of your abroad- returning with much you would have left behind, were you able. Your return was a struggle and pain, punctuated by the brief joys of your family and friends. You were loved, forgiven, and will live always in our memories. You will be dearly missed. May God bring eternal peace to your soul.


Celebration of Life

  • Date: June 23, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego California 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

A Celebration of Life to follow the service at his mother Shirley Dawley’s home in El Cajon, CA


  • Date: June 23, 2017
  • Time:
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

Rest In Peace brother. You will never be forgotten And always in our hearts Your legacy lies in your beautiful children, grandchildren... love...

Gary and Karen Dawley on June 26, 2017

Rest In Peace Bruce. We had fun when I lived across the street on Raymond. I will remember that always. So sorry for your families loss.

Cliff Nichols on June 24, 2017

Tamra, Bunny and Chelsey I know there are no words that can make any of this better for all of you and your families, but you can keep him alive in your hearts and through the stories of his life. He will live on! Uncle Bruce, you were a wonderful Uncle to all of us. RIP

Tami Armstrong on June 23, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family to get you through this difficult time.

Theresa Cheverino on June 16, 2017

My sincerest sympathies to the family and friends. I know there are no words that bring much comfort but please know you are in our prayers. God is good. Lean on Him. He meets us where we are.

Darlene Younker on June 14, 2017

Loved your Dad's smile and laugh. Your Dad was a good friend, good brother in law, brother in arms and he will surely be missed.

Terry Zimmer on June 14, 2017

Your Dad was a great listener and interesting guy to visit with.He was a very intelligent man. His generosity to others was a gift he had and enjoyed sharing. He will be missed. Treasure all those good memories, family, in your hearts forever...Love and hugs

Susie Zimmer on June 14, 2017

RIP dad. Love you

Tamra on June 14, 2017

So sorry for your loss.

Rose stoddard on June 14, 2017