Leonard “Shorty” Dawes will turn 100 on Feb. 25. He was born in Oklahoma, but has lived in the Colfax area since the end of WWII. He currently resides in Auburn with his daughter, LaWanda.
During the war he served in the Pacific Theater in the Navy. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for over 34 years and ended his career with them as a Powder Gang Foreman.
Shorty and his wife, Violet, had four children: Leslie (Nancy), LaWanda (Larry), Patricia and Anita. Violet died in 2010.
They have eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 10 great, great grandchildren. He loved to hunt and fish, and spent many hours in the Sierra wilderness enjoying those hobbies.
His current hobbies include playing cards and dominoes.
Shorty attributes his long life to hard work and enjoying an outdoor life.