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Griffith P. Dawson

1990 - 2021

Champaign, Illinois


On Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, Griffith (Griff) Pryce Dawson of Urbana, Illinois, passed away at the age of 30.

Griff is survived by his mother, Norine Dawson of Ames, Iowa, father, Jeffrey Dawson of Los Angeles, his three siblings, Evan Dawson of Champaign (Richelle Hildebrand), David Dawson of Los Angeles, and Lauren Dawson of San Diego, and his nephew, Owen Dawson of Champaign. 

Griffith attended Leal Elementary School, Urbana Middle School, and was homeschooled for high school. Griff was a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church and Parish. He was also a member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Urbana and won a Medal of Merit for lifesaving from the Boy Scouts of America. Griff played for the Champaign Chiefs Youth Hockey Club. He was a talented percussionist and pianist and was a member of the Urbana Middle School band. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, canoeing, and swimming.

Griff suffered from mental illness and addiction, but rewarded those who accepted him with love and loyalty. Griff was imaginative and perceptive, possessing keen insight into the human condition.

Griff had a love for animals, but especially his constant companion Shyann, a golden retriever who accompanied him on numerous walks. He also had a special spot in his heart for his cat Kiki, who often curled up and slept next to him.

Griffith had a one-of-a-kind personality. At his best, Griff had a whimsical sense of humor, a contagious chuckle and loved being around other people. His uniqueness would make everyone around him laugh, smile, or sometimes scratch their head in amazement.

In addition to his selflessness in entering icy water to rescue someone who had fallen through the ice, his legacy includes teaching other people to better accept one another despite imperfections.

A private family celebration of life will be held in Ames, Iowa on April 11th, 2021, and another this summer in Urbana for family and friends at a date and place to be announced.

Contributions on Griff’s behalf can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203 or the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., Urbana, IL  61802.  Condolences may be offered at  Funeral services for Griff can be viewed on 


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Rich Hauer

April 14, 2021 4:08 PM

Jeff and Family,

My thoughts are with you and family. So sad to hear the passing of a loved one.. My memories are found of Griff in the Dawson Lab in his early years.


April 10, 2021 9:11 PM

Omgoodness Griffie. This is a very sad moment in my life. Clearly you have been suffering for a very long time. I'm happy that I could be there for you in some of your most difficult struggles. I'm so sorry. I love you. Rip 🙏 


April 10, 2021 9:06 PM

Janice Hume

April 9, 2021 7:35 PM

I was fortunate to have Griff in my classroom at Leal School. I remember a kind-hearted boy with a great sense of humor and a love of nature. I am so sorry to hear about his struggles and hope that he is now at peace. May the positive memories of Griff sustain you at this time. My heart goes out to you all.

Becky McCabe

April 9, 2021 7:37 AM

I am sad to hear about Griff’s passing. My memories are of a little sweet boy at Leal School. I send condolences and hugs to all.

Becky McCabe

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