Rodney Lee Dalton
Born: 1/18/1934, Moab, Utah
Rodney Lee Dalton, 86, died peacefully in his home on September 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born January 18, 1934 in Moab, Utah to Orson Ezra and Margaret E. Loveridge Dalton. He was raised in Moab and attended Grand County High School graduating in 1952. He met his sweetheart, Dixie Bea Stewart in 1954 and their love story began, leading to their marriage on April 14, 1956 in Moab. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on June 25, 1966. To their union was born one daughter, Kathy Lynn and two sons Rodney Kevin (Pug), and Robert Orson Dalton.
Rodney is survived by his wife Dixie, and their three children Pug, Kathy, Moab and Robert, CA; seven grandchildren: Danielle, Ann Emily, Macey, Rodney, Karrlee, Kevin & Samantha; fifteen great-grandchildren and sister Norma Beaman, Moab; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert.
From the time Rodney was young, he was fascinated with the great outdoors! His early years were spent enjoying the river and deserts surrounding Moab, and the never-ending adventures he created on the LaSal and Blue mountains. Hunting, fishing, and baseball kept this young boy entertained and out of trouble most of the time but cowboying with his much-loved Grandpa Corky Loveridge gathering and branding cattle really made things more exciting and became his favorite pastime. It was time with his grandpa, that he formed his deep love of horses, cattle, and the cowboy life. A life he managed to live as often as possible! Animals of every kind were much-loved members of his family; from a dog named “puddles”; a calf named “Buddy” and a horse named “Sugar” to name just a few.
Rodney participated in various high school sports, excelling in basketball and baseball. His love of baseball led to many years of coaching young boys in Little League & Pony league. It was there that many friendships began and lasted a lifetime!
In 1953 Rod attended the Utah State Agriculture College (USU) and Radio Teletype School before enlisting in the U S Army at Fort McArthur CA from 1956 thru 1958; with eight years in US National Guard.
During the uranium boom in 1958, Rodney secured work driving ore trucks from the nearby uranium mines to the Atlas Minerals Mill. He was there for approximately ten years later transferring to a position with Garrett Freightlines delivering residential and business freight in Moab and Lisbon Valley/Lasal area. In 1971 Rodney went to work for Utah Power & Light as a meter reader and later as a Planner in a position he loved. He would remain there until his retirement in 1991.
After retirement he enjoyed frequent horseback riding, motorcycling on the desert, and spending time with family and friends. He continued coaching little league, also women’s softball. During this time Rodney became more involved in several local Clubs i.e. Toastmasters and President of the Lions Club. He was also a very committed member of the Canyonlands Rodeo Club which allowed him to contribute and enjoy one of his favorite sports! This gave him more time around his favorite animals, the bulls, and horses! His commitment to hard work and as a valued team player, was recognized by his peers in the Rodeo Committee, when they nominated him to receive the John Justin Standard of the West Award for his contribution to the sport of Rodeo!
In Rodney received one of his biggest surprises and most touching recognition, when his hometown honored him as “Grand Marshall” of the town’s Canyonlands’ Rodeo celebration! The smiles and shouts from well wishes along the parade route as they waved at their favorite cowboy made Rodney’s wide contagious smile just that, Contagious!
Rodney was a warm-hearted man with a smile that brought joy and happiness to everyone around him. He was very social and never knew a stranger but rather he greeted most people with a tight hug! He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
His guiding example served as a father figure for many young men in both pony league and throughout his many callings in the youth programs of the church. In his golden years, his most exciting trip was a day with his sweetheart Dixie to the Monticello LDS Temple, then lunch at the local Subway!
Of all the accomplishments rendered to Rodney in his lifetime, the titles of Sweetheart, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Friend, were the most endearing reflections of this unique and caring man who will be missed and loved every day until our “forever together” comes!
Graveside services will be held at the Grand Valley Cemetery in Moab on Tuesday, September 8 at 10am. A viewing will be held on Monday September 7, 2020 at Spanish Valley Mortuary from 6PM to 8Pm.
Tributes:Sweet Dixie; I was so saddened to learn of Rodney's death in today's Times. After visiting with you a couple weeks ago, I learned he was in hospice care and your loving care. Please know that my heart is with you and your family as you mourn. No words can express the sorrow I know you feel but please know that I care, Dixie, and that I love you
- Diane RynioDear Dixie and family, We are sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our prayers. May good memories bring peace and comfort to you in the days to come. Warm regards
- Garry & Kathryn BondDear Dixie and family, My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at this sad time. Dick and I have always had good thoughts about you both, and I want you to know that I will not be able to attend the services, as I am pretty crippled up at the present time, but will be thinking of you at this difficult time. Love,
- Mary Jane
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