Largemouth bass all over Arizona and Mexico felt the heat come off this last weekend when Dale Ivan Gray (78) courageously left this mortal experience on March 27, 2015.
He was reunited with his parents, Owen and Willa, his siblings, Carma and Clyle, and his fingers. Dale leaves behind his wife, Janice, “isn’t she beautiful”, and his seven children; Chuck (Connie), Shannon (David) Whipple, Julie (Don) Harrison, Devin (Kathy), Darrin (NaDene), LeeAnn (Andrew) McConaghie, and Samuel (Heather), 36 grandkids and 26 great-grandkids. He is survived by his siblings Dwain, Geraldine, and Sharon.
Dale spent many years in the masonry trade earning an unmatched reputation of honesty and integrity.
He was a life-long, faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in many callings including SanTan Branch President and Bishop of the 35th/Sunny Mesa Ward. Dale learned how to do family history when he and Janice were called to serve a mission in the NYC Manhattan Family History Center. He loved every minute he spent searching for his ancestors.
Dale found great joy in the 20 years he served with Janice in the Mesa Arizona Temple, including coordinating the Baptistry. When he wasn’t at the temple or doing family history, he could be found on the lake fishing – striking terror in the hearts of bass everywhere.
Dale shared the gospel with everyone he met, up until the hour he died.
We love you dad! We are glad you have your fingers back and we promise to “Stay In the Boat”!
Services include a visitation on Friday, April 10th from 6-8p.m. at Bunkers on 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, 85201. A funeral service will be held the following morning, April 11th at 10 a.m. with a short visitation the hour before at the LDS Kimball East Stake Center, 4640 E. Holmes Ave, Mesa, 85206.