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Mel S Dalton

Born: 1/31/1923, Moab, Utah
Death: 1/25/2019, Moab, Utah
Service: 02/01/2019, 11:00 am, Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane
Interment: 02/01/2019, 12:30 pm, , Grand Valley Cemetery

Melvin S. Dalton passed away on January 25, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. in Moab, Utah, just 6 days before his 96th birthday. He was born January 31, 1923, in Moab, Utah to Albertus Dalton and Emma McConkie Dalton.

He married Ida Palmer on June 16, 1947 in the Manti, Utah LDS temple. Together they were the parents of nine children: Emma (deceased); Melvin Dalton Jr. (Carol); Kathryn Braithwaite (Wayne); David Albertus Dalton, George Wilson Dalton (Paula); Linda Hanagarne (Frank); Lorraine Smith (Wally); Daniel Henry Dalton (Sue); Naomi Dalton (JoLyn). He has 27 grand children and 46 great grand children.

After Ida passed away on March 23, 2004, he Married Clara Ellen Copley Shafer on September 30, 2006, in Moab, Utah. They made each other laugh.

He was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters, his first wife Ida, his daughter Emma, and two granddaughters, Kimberly White and Jeanie Dalton.

His married life was spent in Moab, Utah. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he held many positions. Scouting and working in the Monticello temple with Ida, and later with Clara were top on his list.

He loved the great outdoors, fishing, hunting, jeeping, hiking, and picnics with family and friends. He loved playing ROOK with family and friends. He could always tell a great story.

In 1942 he enlisted in the USMC and spent most of the next three years in the South Pacific during WWII. He had a great love for this country.

His family and home were where his heart was. He had many friends and will be missed by all who knew him.

His funeral will be on February 1, 2019 @ 11:00 at the Moab Utah Stake Center. There will be a viewing at the Spanish Valley Mortuary on January 31, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and on February 1st from 9:45 - 10:45. Interment will be at the Grand Valley Cemetery.

Tributes:

Our family loved Mel. My kids all have memories of visiting Aunt Sue and Uncle Dan and while there having Mel show them his treasures and tell stories. He told the best stories. He always made each one of us feel special and welcome. He was a very kind, great man who lived an amazing life. With Love,
- Rich and Gaye Christiansen

Happy Birthday, Mel. You are our hero. You are missed a lot. Love from Dave & Carri, Karen and Jeff, Elaine and Larry, Paul and Mary, Jennifer and Randy, and Ellen and Rick, and Mary Jane
- The Cozzens Families

I will always remember and be grateful to Mel for rescuing my parents, Cleve and Anita from the Canyonlands (long before it became a National Park) when their REALLY old Jeep broke down in the Needles District. Before they left they jokingly said, "If we're not back by dark, call the Sheriff!" Well, they weren't back by dark, and the Sheriff found and rescued them after a cold night in the desert with only a few cookies to eat. Thanks Mel - and thanks for great memories of you and Ida playing Rook in our home on many a Friday night. May God bless you and your family!
- Michael Raymond

First met “Dirty Dan” in 1943 aboard the USS California during the war....many memories.
I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers to the Dalton Family.
SemperFi my old friend,
Bob Schultz
- Bob Schultz

What a giant of a man that has left today for his eternal reward with his forever companion, Ida. His legacy of a tireless scout leader, bishop, temple worker, and countless other positions cannot be matched. He was firm in his convictions and standards. He was, as they say, "a man for all seasons." He has been tried and tested and came out on top without any baggage. He will be missed. He has been our family's home teacher for as long as I can remember, and our children have written today to tell us their memories of him.

- Mary Jane Cozzens

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