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Vance, Orwell Dale

11/09/1927 - 05/10/2015
Service Date: 05/15/2015
Service Time: 11 AM
Service Location: LDS Fairfield Ward


  1. Dale Vance, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 10, 2015 in Mesa Arizona. He was born November 9, 1927 to Orwell Nicholas (Orv) and Lucy Ett Fryer Vance while they were living for a short time in Los Angeles, California.

Dale led a very happy and productive life here in the Valley of the Sun, living most of his life in Mesa, AZ.  He was a very active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He served in the Military in 1946 and was married in 1947 to the sweetheart of his dreams, Genevra Mae Miller in the Mesa Arizona Temple.  He worked as a plastering contractor and was known all over the Valley for his skills.  He and Genevra raised 1 son and 5 daughters (Dennis & Cathie (Guthrie) Vance, Dalene & Randy Harmon, Sharon & Steve McRae, Lynette & Chad Carling, Pamela & Brad Young, and Michelle & Bruce Fenn), all of whom are active in the Church and married in the Temple.  They have 36 grandchildren and 70 plus great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Genevra of 68 years and 3 siblings, Lane & Becky Vance, Myrna & Duane Johnson, and Leland Vance.

After serving as a Bishop in the church for 11 years he went back to school and graduated with a BA in education in 1966 and later an MA in counseling from ASU.  He taught math for several years and then became a Jr. High Counselor.  He then decided to go back into plastering/construction partnering with his brother Leland Vance.

After retiring, he and Genevra served 2 missions for the church, and were able to travel to many places around the world (Japan, Europe, Israel, and Russia).  He served faithfully as an ordinance worker in the Mesa Arizona temple for 20+ years.  He also served as a Stake Patriarch for many years.

His love, devotion, and Christ-like service to his family and community will be truly missed.

“Wonderful, Wonderful, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”  -from all your children.

Visitation is Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7-9 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201. Funeral services are Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11 AM, preceded by a 2nd visitation at 10 AM at the LDS Fairfield Ward, 933 East Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85213. Interment will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.


  • Rachel Gunnell

    Love to uncle Dale and all my cousins and aunt Genevra. He was the salt of the earth and one of the best men I knew. He will be sorely missed. Love, thoughts and prayers for our families.

  • LeeAnn Beazer Freeman

    The Beazer family want you to know how much we love Dale and Genevra and their family. They have always been a constant in our life and in the church. We are grateful for your influence on us through the years, and the steadfastness in the gospel. Your dad will be missed. Our love and prayers are with you.

  • Vicki Andersen

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, dear cousins. May The Lord wrap you in the comfort of His arms. Sending love and light your way.

  • Karen Strong Udall

    A pleasant, gentle, quiet man who raised a great family! He was a friend and neighbor to the Strong family for many years!

  • To the family and dear friends, we are very sorry for your loss. We would like to extend our condolences and please share a scripture for comfort. “He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8) Please continue to love and support one another, especially during this time. May God bring you hope and peace through his loyal love. -Psalm 83:18; John 5:28,29 With deep sympathy.

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