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Dale Ivan Gray

01/14/1937 - 03/27/2015
Service Date: 04/11/2015
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kimball East Stake Center, 4640 E. Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

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.



  • Sue Effhauser

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the “Dale Gray Family” for the loss of a dear man. Dale was one of the most humble and kindest men I had the pleasure of knowing. He leaves behind a touch of himself all over the town of Mesa and will be dearly missed. I am so proud to have been able to know and work with him.

  • Richard G. Leonard

    My life is so much better for having Dale Gray been part of it, I’ve always been proud to call him my Uncle Dale, and not matter who I told that he was my Uncle I always got the same answer, (What a great, honest, loving and HUMBLE man). Well my friend I can just see all the happiest on the other side, tell them all hi and that I love them as I love you. My prayers will be with the sweet wife and loving family you leave behind. See you soon!

  • Herb & Ina Hancock

    Dale must have been loved by everyone, especially his granddaughters! We send our special love and deepest sympathy to your whole family. It’s SO hard losing a loved one, but the wonderful thing: you WILL see him again!!

  • Nolan & Darlene Stradling

    we spent 4+years at San Tan with Dale & Janice, the last 2 years as his counselor in the Branch Presidency. It created lifetime friendships. Dale was the epitome of a humble, but confident leader, seriously concerned with those around him. Our heartfelt love & condolences to Janice & the family.

  • Rachael Tiffany Allred

    I have always loved my Aunt Zee and Uncle Sam and their family. This love was past down from my father Laurell who was just younger than Zee. Growing up I looked forward to their visits to Riverside, and as an adult they would visit me in Utah. Wish I knew you all better, but I know that our Heavenly Father and our Savior knows you well. Their love will surround you at this time and help you with your sorrows. I loved reading the tributes to Dale. What a wonderful husband and father. My dad’s favorite story about Janice is when she tried to be helpful to another driver and ran into the car. He got quite a kick out of it.

  • Donald Poulson

    My best wishes to Janice and all of the family in the passing of Dale. He was a great neighbor back when we both lived on Esquire Way in Mesa many years ago. He was a great guy, full of humor, fun and common sense.
    (With his passing there will be a lot more fish left in the lake for his buddies)

  • Vernand Toni Gledhill

    We loved his generosity and drive…and fish! He was and will always be a dear friend.

  • Julie Hubbard Ingram

    Bishop Gray was a favorite of mine growing up. My siblings and I liked watching him on the stand; he would sometimes fall asleep with his face resting in his right hand,the shortened fingers on his face by his nose; the silly things that amused us. He had a great sense of humor always telling a different story about how he lost his fingers. I’m so glad I got to know him and his family. His neighborhood fish frys were always a favorite of my family, we were lucky enough to live on the same street. I will not be able to make it to the funeral due to other commitments but wanted his family to know that I offer them my condolences. He will be missed.

  • Martina Martin

    Chuck and family my condolences to you all may you all be comforted at this sad time. What a wonderful man. God Bless you all and again I am so sorry for your loss…

  • My thoughts and prayers are with my Cousin Janice Gray and her family. I know she dearly loved her husband Dale. When a family member passed away and as the family was driving away from the cemetery, Grandpa Asa York Tiffany always had the family sing, “‘Til We Meet” –a much beloved song. You will meet with your loved one again.

    All my love,


  • We all miss you Uncle Dale but we know we will see you again!

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