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In Memoriam – Hanley Dawson III

Friday, June 07, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On May 28, 2024, Hanley Dawson III, 80, of Ketchum, Idaho, passed away at Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage, California with his wife of 58 years Catherine (Swanson) and four children by his bedside.

Dawson was born in Detroit, Michigan June 1, 1943, and met his beloved, Cathie, his freshman year at Regis College in Denver, Colorado. She attended sister school Loretto Heights College. The two married in 1965 and lived in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Chicago, Illinois in 1971 to open Hanley Dawson Cadillac in downtown Chicago with his father, Hanley Jr. In 1976, Hanley III branched out on his own and started The Patrick Dealer Group, which today is one of Chicago’s premiere luxury auto groups.

In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Hanley was a devoted Catholic and supporter of Jesuit education. He served on the Board of Trustees of Regis College and the Board of Trustees at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, where his two sons and three grandchildren graduated and two currently attend. His philanthropic spirit spread to the Wood River Valley in Ketchum, Idaho where he and Cathie retired twelve years ago after spending time there since 1972. He led the fundraising campaign to build the new Our Lady of the Snows church in 2007 and served on the finance committee for many years. He was a longtime supporter and board member of St. Luke’s Hospital in the Wood River Valley and volunteered and donated to The Hunger Coalition.

More than anything, Hanley loved his family and friends and cherished every opportunity to golf, duck hunt, ski and travel with the people he loved.

He is survived by his wife Cathie, his children Megan Edwards (Chris), Hanley IV (Bridget), Liz Prior, Patrick (Tami) and his grandchildren, Alex, Emilie, Duke, Sarah, Charlie, Mimi and Alton.

A Celebration of Life will be held in July in Sun Valley, Idaho. As Hanley prioritized finding joy in life and sharing it with others, the family asks that you do the same – go out and do something that brings you real joy and share with friends and family around you.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation to St Luke’s Wood River Foundation.

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