Surur Joseph "Joe" Dawahare

Tuesday 8th of February 1949 - Saturday 30th of July 2022

Surur Joseph "Joe" Dawahare

Services

Visitation

Aug 4, 2022 (5:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Milward - Man O' War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Mass of Christian Burial

Aug 5, 2022 (10:00 am )

Cathedral of Christ the King

299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, Ky.

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Surur Joseph “Joe” Dawahare, 73, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at Baptist Health Hospital. Joe was born February 8th, 1949 in Jenkins, Kentucky, the son of the late Harding and Evelyn Dawahare. He married Sandra “Sandy” Dawahare September 4th, 1975, in Washington, D.C. Joe attended Pikeville High School and graduated in 1966 as class salutatorian. A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Joe was graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. “Papa Joe,” as his brothers called him, went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky Law School in 1973. After graduation, Joe worked for U.S. Senator Marlow Cook (R-KY). Upon returning to Kentucky, Joe worked for the family business, “Dawahares,” where he served as the chief counsel for the company. At the time of his death, Joe was a real estate agent with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty. Joe’s family believed in giving back to the community. He was active in his church, the Cathedral of Christ the King, serving on the finance committee and school board. Joe was a fixture at donut Sundays, where he was eager to speak to everyone and share a joke (or two) and a donut (or two). He was an active member in the Rotary Club of Lexington and officiated youth soccer games. Joe loved food, and could always be found near the buffet. He enjoyed his family, UK football, UK basketball, and his walking buddies. Along with his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his grandchild, Patrick Denehy. 


He is survived by his wife, Sandra Mendez Dawahare, and their three children: Thomas Dawahare (Melissa), Emily Denehy (Kevin), and Anne Jenks (Rich). He is survived by five grandchildren: Knox and Jax Dawahare, Fiona and Eva Denehy, and Evelyn Grace Jenks. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Harding Dawahare (Gayle), Selma Owens (Eddie), Nellie Wilkinson (Harvie), William Dawahare (Anne), and Frank Dawahare (Theresa), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joe touched countless lives and will be greatly missed. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his memory to the Harding and Evelyn Dawahare Scholarship Fund, ℅ University of Pikeville, 147 Sycamore St., Pikeville, KY 41501. Visitation will be at the Milward-Man O' War, 1509 Trent Blvd, Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday, August 4th, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Funeral services will be at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd, in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, August 5th, at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky

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Central Kentucky Soccer Officials Association

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The CKSOA mourns the loss of our fellow official on and off the pitch. Our condolences go out to the entire Dawahare Family. Thank you for sharing Joe with all the officials, players and coaches he met on the soccer field in Kentucky!

4 days ago

Brad Loar

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Joe was our steady beacon in the frat house. Always had time for the younger brothers. He will be missed. Rest In Peace brother Joe.

5 days ago

Christy & Sonny Hall

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We send our most sincere condolences to the Dawahare family for the passing of Joe. May your faith and special memories comfort you always and especially during this time of loss.

6 days ago

Camella Runyon

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What a great loss for those of us that were blessed to grow up with him! He has been a wonderful friend with a heart of gold! I will truly miss him! My deepest condolences to all the Dawahare family!

6 days ago

Rosita Nobile

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Sending love to all the family❤️You are un my prayers🙏🏻

6 days ago

Sabrina Ripley

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Sending thoughts and prayers to the Dawahare family. Joe was a great man and will be missed by all. So sorry for your loss.

6 days ago