❤ On December 4th, 2016 my grandpa passed away.
I was lucky! Some people never get to know their grandparents, and I am thankful that I got to know mine. I have so many memories with my grandpa that I will cherish forever. These 24 years have been wonderful. Here are some of my favorite memories! :)
In September, he and grandma came up to Laramie to visit us for three days. We had such a wonderful time together. Endless card games, ice cream/ popsicles, pizza, chats, shopping, PF Changs, and going down to Loveland Colorado to get Mark a suit, were some of the adventures we had. Grandpa was selfless. He always made sure that those around him, ESPECIALLY his family, were taken care of.
|This is the suit that they bought Mark!|
Another memory with grandpa is when Breanna and I went to the dinosaur park on our trip with our grandparents. We wanted to get a picture next to this giant dinosaur. Grandpa, Breanna, and I made the trek up to the dinosaur (on rollerblades I might add) and got ready to take the picture. Right before grandma took the picture, grandpa leaned up against the dinosaur and made it "ROAR!" It scared us all half to death! Breanna fell to the ground and we all couldn't stop laughing.
I also can't forget the mickey mouse waffles he would make us when we slept over at his house. Or always offering us a "pop for the road." Or how he could remember anything and everything.. especially if it was math related. He said that he remembered his locker combination, all his past addresses, and anytime he told me a story he always knew the date of roughly when that story took place. He knew everything!
I could spend hours talking with and about this man. He was so kind and loving. He never let you leave his house without a goodbye kiss. He especially loved his family and would do anything for them. In this picture, right before they took the picture he gave me a kiss on the cheek and made me laugh. I wish we would have captured the kiss, but that's okay. I have it in my memory. It is one of my favorite pictures!!! <3
He also had a strong testimony of the gospel, and loved his Savior very much. I am grateful that he stood strong in his faith and taught his children, my father, to live the gospel as well. Because of that, I too have a testimony of the gospel and my Savior. And thanks to that testimony, I know that families are forever, and that I will see him again one day!
Grandpa was an amazing man. Always serving and caring about others. Pushing to do what he wanted to, even when his body wouldn't let him. His dedication to not let Parkinson's completely take over his entire life is inspiring.
I have learned so much from my grandpa over the years, and strive to be more like him each and everyday!
His funeral service was on December 10th. I am grateful that Mark and I were able to make it. It was a sad, but beautiful day spent with family! <3
His obituary: (In Navy Blue in honor of his love for BYU) :)
Daniel L. Dale passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on December 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Alice Dale, and his sister Sharon Dale. Survived by his wife, Linda L. Dale and his family. Children: Denise (Brian) Seegmiller, Trevor (Sharon) Dale, Jeffrey (Julie) Dale, DeAnn (Max) Thomas, Elizabeth (Todd) Benson, 23 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, brother Steven (Beth) Dale and sister Donna (Don) Kitchen.
Dan was born October 25, 1942 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended West, Granite and Granger High Schools. It was at Granger where he met the love of his life, Linda Labrum. Dan excelled in High School in all subjects, especially Math and Choir. He was in many clubs including, Madrigals, Concert Choir and Chess. Dan loved numbers and music for the remainder of his life. He also enjoyed outdoor sports and recreation, especially golf, but he was always up for a game of cards.
Dan attended the U of U and IBM school, he worked at Hercules, Mountain Bell and the LDS Church in Data Management. He was an avid BYU fan for much of his life, including being a season ticket holder for over 35 years. Dan love BYU and was wearing his BYU shirt and shorts on the day of his passing.
Dan was a people person and genuinely loved and enjoyed serving others. Dan served as a bishop for many years and impacted many lives through his selfless acts of service, he never hesitated helping others anyway he could, including with money out of his own pocket. He and his wife loved serving in the Baptistery at the LDs Jordan River Temple with their temple family for over 10 years.
Dan's greatest joy was his beautiful wife and family. Dan and Linda were married October 12, 1962 in the LDS Logan Utah temple and have been by each other's side ever since, even on the day of his passing mom was side by side with her partner, just how Dan wanted it.
Dan could do it all, from electrical, mechanics, you name it. He knew how to do it and had the tools to do it.
Dan was a "Doer" he loved to be active. He loved the outdoors and his favorite place to be was Canyonlands, where he could Jeep, hike, motorcycle and enjoy the red rocks and sand. Canyonlands was truly Heaven on earth to him.
He loved to organize and loved to serve others. Dan was very patient and kind to his children who weren't always as organized as he would have liked. He was always willing to help anyone at a drop of a hat and with his guidance the job was sure to be done right and right the first time. One of Dan's famous quotes was "if you don't have time to do it right the first time, where do you find the time to do it over."
Dan was very active throughout his life and fought a valiant battle with Parkinson's which took away his ability to do his favorite things. Through it all he was positive, patient and steadfast in his Heavenly Fathers Plan. We know he will work hard in whatever he is asked to do in going forward.
H was a kind and loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, friend and neighbor. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew him.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Country Park 6th Ward, 11251 S. 2700 W. South Jordan, A viewing will be held Friday, December 9th at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy (10600 So.) from 6:00-8:00 pm. and on Saturday at the church from 9:45-10:45 am prior to services.