Paonia resident Maurice L. Dale died March 26, 2013, in Grand Junction. He was 81.
A memorial service was held April 2 at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Paonia.
He was born in Bartlett Aug 22, 1931, to Merle and Ethel Dale. When he was three years old the family moved to Paonia. He graduated from Paonia High School in 1949 and served three years in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Dale worked 33 years as a senior mechanical design engineer for national defense contractors such as North American Aviation and Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation. He retired in 1987 and moved back to Paonia.
He was active in the Masonic Lodge for 55 years, and twice served as president of the Paonia Rotary Club.
He is survived by a son, Michael Dale of California; a daughter, Charisse Pritchard of California; and a companion of 20 years, Joyce Grove of Grand Junction.
Callahan Edfast Mortuary and Taylor Funeral Service handled the arrangements.
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