Lawson to be honored for 20 years in CHS concessions

Dave Lawson

Dave Lawson

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Carson High School will honor Dave Lawson before the Senators’ football game against Calaveras on Friday, according to a news release.

Lawson and his family will be recognized for his 20-plus years serving and managing concessions at various sporting events and other student-related activities.

In addition to the public demonstration of appreciation, the school will provide Lawson with a framed varsity letter “C,” similar to those given to CHS employees who serve more than 10 years and retire.

“After 20 years of working the Carson High School snack bar, I regret to have to give it up for health reasons,” Lawson said in the release. “I have enjoyed every moment of working with the staff and students. It has been a wonderful experience that I will cherish forever.”

Lawson has been married to Arlene for more than 56 years. He was drafted in 1968, the same year he was accepted into graduate school. They came to Carson City in 1972 after Dave’s four-year stint in the Navy in Hawthorne. They have three children, Jeff, Becky and Katie, who attended schools in Carson City and graduated from Carson High.

Lawson worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles for 17 years in traffic safety before accepting a position as an auditor and assistant chief for vehicle registration and titling, including license plate manufacturing. He also served eight years as an accountant for the state’s information services department developing budgets.

His first exposure to concessions management came in 1994 when his wife got him elected treasurer for the Carson City Bobby Sox league, a position that oversaw the snack bar. Later, in 2001, he managed concessions for the CHS softball, volleyball, basketball and wrestling programs. A few years later, he was asked to manage concessions for football and so on. For the past 20-plus years, he also simultaneously volunteered to do registration and accounting for the Silver State Volleyball Club, a position he has yet to relinquish.

Amid the school year in 2013, Lawson and his family were delivered devastating news of his colon cancer diagnosis. While the news came as a shock, he did not let his illness hamper his efforts in school concessions. He arranged medical treatments and chemotherapy on days alternating those of sporting events. Through it all, he is happy to report that he has made a full recovery and has remained cancer-free for nine years running.


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