Dawn Elizabeth Royal

Dawn Elizabeth Royal

November 12, 1964 - October 31, 2021
San Clemente CA

Dawn Elizabeth Royal

November 12, 1964 - October 31, 2021
San Clemente CA


Dawn Elizabeth Royal (Balmforth)

November 12, 1964 – October 31, 2021

Dawn Royal, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend passed away peacefully on October 31, 2021 at UCLA Medical Center. Dawn was 56 years old.

Dawn was born on November 12, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan to Donald and Diana Balmforth. She had three brothers: Philip, John, and Mike. Dawn grew up in Livonia, Michigan. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Master’s Degree in Applied Social Research from the University of Michigan. Dawn began her very successful 31-year career at Gallup in July of 1990.

She was a well-respected Senior Methodologist at Gallup, known as a “relentless expert and demanding perfectionist.” She was described as “one of the funniest, kindest, and toughest people we ever met.”

Gallup is also where she met the love of her life, Ken Royal. Dawn and Ken were married May 1, 1999 in Michigan. Dawn and Ken have been married for 22 wonderful years. They welcomed their first child, a son, Alex, on February 3rd, 2000 and their daughter, Isabel, on February 20th, 2002.

The Royals spent the first ten years of their marriage living in Brighton, Michigan and then moved to San Clemente, California in 2009. They enjoyed spending summers at their lakehouse in Brighton.

Dawn loved to gather and loved to be with people. She was always organizing something, whether a pool party at their home in San Clemente or the annual Cousins’ Party at their place on Woodland Lake in Michigan.

Dawn is survived by her husband, Ken, her son, Alex, her daughter, Isabel, her mother, Diana, and her three brothers: Philip (wife Phyllis), John, and Mike (wife Helen). Countless aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and friends adored her. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald.

A viewing and memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills from 6:00 to 9:00pm, with the ceremony beginning at 7:30pm. A reception will follow at the Royals’ home at 9 Calle Gaulteria, San Clemente, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to benefit sarcoma cancer research be made to The Aveni Foundation at Avenifoundation.org/donate.

Additional services to be held in Michigan in the coming days, with details to follow.

Vigil Service

  • Date & Time: November 03, 2021 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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21 responses to Dawn Elizabeth Royal

  1. Dawn and I have been friends since we were 10 years old. She was so much more than a friend, she was my sister in every way that matters. Dawn was such a compassionate, loving, energetic, happy person. Those who didn’t know she was sick would never have known anything was wrong, because Dawn never let her cancer define her for a single moment. She was so amazing through it all, and her strength and positivity engulfed everyone around her. Words aren’t enough to say how much I love her and will miss her.

  2. With deepest sympathy to the family in this difficult time. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

  3. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Laura Ginn says:

    I will always remember Dawn with fond memories over the 30 years I knew her. I watched Ken and Dawn fall in love. They were perfect together in every way. She was so proud of Alex and Bella. She was exceptionally impressive the way she fought through her battle with cancer. She decided to remain positive and live everyday to the fullest. Nobody around her would know what was behind that beautiful smile, never losing that zest for life. She is already missed by so many. Love to Ken, Alex and Bella. Dawn was wonderful.

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