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Dale A. Payton

Dale A. Payton, 84, of Meeker passed away Aug. 9 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Dale Arthur Payton was born March 10, 1922, to Chester Arthur and Mabel Catherine Payton in Norton, Kan. In 1931, when he was 9 years old, the family of eight moved from Mount Ida, Kan., to Grand Junction. He attended school at Fruitvale and Fruita.In March of 1942 they moved to Grand Valley, now Parachute, where he graduated from Grand Valley Union High School. After graduation, he went to Camp Hale at Pando, near Leadville. He worked there until joining the Army on Sept. 30, 1942. Dale was a radio operator, high-speed and intercept operator. He was stationed in China, Burma and India during World War II. He received an honorable discharge on Jan. 17, 1947. After the war, he went to work for the Bureau of Mines and Anvil Points.He married Viola Christian in Rifle on Feb. 1, 1947. He worked in construction and on ranches around Rifle and Grand Valley. He also had attended an agriculture school. In May of 1972, he and his family moved to Meeker, where he worked for B.P. Franklin for 15 years. Dale retired in 1987. Dale and Viola moved into town after he retired.Dale enjoyed going to Piceance Creek and Sand Wash to see the wild horses. He also enjoyed going for drives on the county roads around Meeker.Dale is survived by Viola, his wife of 59 years, and his five children, Carol and E. Britt of Rifle, Jerry and Kitty Payton of Grand Junction, Cindy and Walt Moyer of Craig, Dorothy and Larry Hayes of Meeker and Christie and Bruce Long of Dinosaur. Fourteen grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren also survive, as does one sister, Lily Womack of California, and three brothers, Norman and Jean of Texas, Wayne and Alberta of Parachute and Warren and Irene of DeBeque as well as many nieces and nephews.Dale is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Fred Peak and two sisters, Madge Chase and Dorothy Payton. He will be placed to rest in the Battlement Mesa Cemetery at Parachute.


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