at the Tooele Army Depot where he retired in 1987. In 1977, he started Hale Construction Company and together with his sons, Craig and Ken, built over 100 homes throughout Tooele county and 80 projects and chapels for the LDS church. He was born and raised in Grantsville and dearly loved this community. He served as mayor from 1983 to 1989. He was devoted to his Heavenly Father and served in various callings throughout his life. He was generous and kind and always looking for opportunities to lend a hand. He loved fishing and camping with his family and the summer vacations to Yellowstone Park and Flaming Gorge. In 1979, he and his sons built a cabin in Scofield where years of treasured family memories were made. He will be deeply missed by family and friends, especially his wife, Elaine, of 65 years, sons Craig and Ken (Jennie), grandchildren Heidi (Chris), Shelbie (Jake), Shamas, Brady (Tamera), Ryan (Carolynn), Lacee (Scott), and Austin (Kristy) and 13 great grandchildren. Sister Barbara (Dan) Anderson, Sister-law Sandra (Gary) McCluskey. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harvey, Nathan, Ed, Ivan and sisters Fern, Rosalyn, Edith, Blanch, Lorna and Millie. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 11 from 6-8 pm at the Grantsville West Stake Center at 115 East Cherry Street. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 12 at 12:00 pm at the same location with a viewing from 10:30 till 11:30 prior to the funeral. Our family would like to express our love and gratitude to Michelle and all the employees at Diamond Janes for their love and care. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and brother and many friends. Dale is survived by his wife, Sara, five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dale had one brother, Glen Woodrow, who was six years older than him. Unfortunately, Dale only had his brother for a short time when Glen succumbed to pneumonia at the age of twelve.
Dale was raised in Grantsville, Utah on the family homestead. He habitually rode his tricycle over to his cousins and stayed overnight since it was a long way to go on a tricycle. His mother, when she couldn’t find him, would look for the tricycle and if it was missing know where he had gone and wouldn’t worry. Dale also had a temperamental horse who had a habit of standing on Dale’s foot and not moving, nor matter how hard Dale hit him, other than to stand harder on his foot. The horse would also stop suddenly at a mud puddle or fence and send Dale sailing over or into whatever was there. Dale enjoyed going out and shooting rabbits at the homestead. Dale would borrow his mother’s Model A Ford to go double dating with his cousin, Fred Hale. Once when Fred was driving, they ended up in a barrow pit because Fred was trying to kiss his girl instead of watching the road.
Dale talked his mother into letting him sign up for the Merchant Marines during World War II at the tender age of sixteen. He saw action in the islands of the Pacific, but fortunately his ship was very seldom in the middle of it.
Dale’s father relocated to California to work at Mare Island. After moving to California, Dale started selling Kirby vacuums in 1946. He was a great salesman even at such a young age.
Dale met and married Rita Gonzalez in 1951 and they had Cindy Ann in 1952. They later divorced.
Dale met the love of his life, Sara, in Monterey in 1956. They married July 8, 1956 and had four wonderful children. Karen Lynn, Michael Dale, Mark Stephen (Brenda) and Kathryn Mary.
Dale has seven grandchildren: Kristen and Jeremy from Cindy, Ryan Dale (Crystal) from Karen, Sean Michael from Mike, Jacqueline Elaine and Nicole Brooke (Gregg) from Mark and Darren Mitchell (Liana) from Kathy. Dale also has two great-grandchildren from Ryan. Joshua Dale and Madison Noelle.
Dale liked to go hunting, but when Karen started to raise Mallard Ducks he had to hide the ducks he brought home from her. Karen always knew when he had them and would get after him for hunting ducks. Dale finally gave up hunting them even though he still liked to train his dogs to hunt birds. Karen would help with that as long as real ducks didn’t get hurt.
Dale was an extremely talented skier and taught all his children to ski from a young age. When the snow flew, Dale got out all the ski equipment and started to get it ready to use.
Dale also loved to go fishing. But don’t even suggest going out on a boat or to a lake. The only fishing he thought was worthwhile was along rivers and streams. If you couldn’t walk along the side of running water, it wasn’t real fishing! He taught all of his children to fish. Karen was the perfect fishing partner because she would catch, clean and cook trout, but would NEVER eat them. Left more for Dale to eat. Mark could out fish Dale most of the time and they had friendly competitions.
Dale loved his Labradors. He always had one, if not two. Starting with Jet and moving on to Kirby, he never felt complete without his dogs. When he got Kelly, he decided to have her bred and ended up with four puppies. He kept Max and eventually Max produced puppies. Dale and Sara picked out Jake to keep for their own. Jake was the last Labrador Dale loved.
Dale’s children have many fond memories of their dad. They always teased him about his nose and said it was so big they could use it as an umbrella. They also told him the nostrils were big enough to use for a garage. Dale took all of this teasing in stride because he was usually the one to start it. Dale fixed up a playhouse with running water for the kids to use. He also built a tree fort with a rope swing for the kids to get down with (why climb back down? Not as much fun). Dale also rigged up a zip line with a cable stretched from the garage to a large oak tree. Mike was the first to try it out and crashed into the oak. Dale decided a mattress around the tree was a good idea.
Dale did many activities with his family, camping and fishing being the main focus. A yearly trip to Disneyland was a must as well as a yearly trip to Utah to visit with family in Grantsville.
Dale eventually moved his family to Bountiful, Utah in 1974 after spending a wonderful three months living in and traveling through Mexico.
Dale owned and operated A-1 Vacuum in Salt Lake City from 1975 to his passing. His daughter, Kathy, who now owns the business, ran it alongside her dad. Dale owned Vacuum Cleaner Center in Seaside, California during the kids’ lifetime, and after moving to Utah, had Mark and Kathy (when they were grown) take turns running that shop until he finally sold it.
After all the kids were grown and established, Dale and Sara lived in Ketchum, Idaho in their 5th wheel trailer for a few years and enjoyed their time there. After Sara finally retired, they would take their trailer to Bullhead City, Arizona for the winter then go back to Ketchum for the rest of the year. They finally moved their trailer permanently to Salt Lake City to be near their children.
Dale was a great salesman and would sell vacuums to his customers that they never regretted purchasing. He would not only sell vacuums, he repaired them and sold parts for them. He always educated his customers and made sure they were satisfied.
Family and integrity were the creed in his life and he took care of both with everything he had. He raised his children with the same values.
His wife, children and grandchildren will miss Dale. Memories are abounding at this time and may they never cease.
We love you, Dad. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 14th at the Tooele City Cemetery.
in the Salt Lake Temple. They were married 48 years and raised seven wonderful children which through the years brought 20 wonderful grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was a wonderful loving and dedicated husband and father. Chuck worked for the Tooele Army Depot and retired after 38 years. During that time he also served for two years in the Air Force Reserve. Following his retirement, he worked for Tooele County School District for 12 years as a school bus driver, a job he really enjoyed. The most important thing to Chuck was his love for the gospel and his family where much devotion was given. He loved being outdoors fishing, hunting, camping and traveling; always wanting to see what’s around the next curve in the road or over the next hill. He also had a great love for motorcycles and four wheeling and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. He is survived by his wife Kaye, children Cindy (Glenn) Peers, Tammie (Ted) Crawford, (Ryan and Kristi Eccles), Terry (Kristi) Townsend, Troy Townsend, Talesha (Austin) Romans, Tara (Tomas) Reyes. Twenty grandchildren and four great grand children. Brothers: Ralph (Jody) Hager; Travis (Jean) Hager. Sisters: Elaine Bernier, Kaye (Mike) Gajda, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Lawrence Townsend, daughter Tonia Eccles, brother Kevin Hager, mother Elaine Hager and step-father Orson “Hap” Hager. A viewing will be held on Friday, November 6th at the Grantsville West Stake Center on 115 East Cherry St from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the same location with a viewing an hour before.
Illias Miller, Milani Castleberry, Robert Watt and Raylin Herrera also survive her. Theresa worked as a Medical Support Assistant at Dugway Proving Ground Health Clinic until December of 2014. She loved being with people and was the life of the party. She loved the holidays, especially Halloween with all her beautiful costumes and Christmas with all the wonderful decorating and being around the ones she loved. She will be greatly missed and loved by her family and friends. Services will be closed to just the family.