He graduated in 1953 from Grand County High School. He played football, basketball, tennis and track. Oftentimes having been the best defensive player and most yards gained in football and the high point man in basketball. He was named football player of the year by Deseret News, all state and all region. He was also known as “Moose” in high school, a nickname that was well earned.
He married his sweetheart, Wynona Holyoak May 24, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with 2 children Arnel Kent Dalton and Carolyn Noyes. He is a grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
He worked for a drilling company on Elk Ridge for a short time when he was first married. He worked at the Atlas uranium processing plant and had over 30 years as a purchasing agent at the Texas Gulf facility at Potash. He and his wife also sold fresh Christmas trees for years to the community around the holiday time. In the 1950s he was involved in various film productions that came to town.
Ranching, farming and gardening were in his blood from an early age. Herding cattle was a family affair and something he enjoyed very much. He had a love for animals, especially dogs and horses. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gathering wood. He was a huge supporter of the high school sporting events and it didn’t matter if it was his own kids or grandkids that were playing, he supported everyone. Going for rides with his sweetheart and spending time in the La Sal Mountains on their property was a highlight of his life. He loved making new friends but he never forgot his lifelong friends; they were a very important part of his life. He enjoyed visiting and catching up.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. He loved his family very much and was so proud of them and their accomplishments. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his two children, Arnel Kent (JoeLynn) Dalton, Carolyn (Cole) Noyes, a brother, Kay (June) Dalton of Greeley Colorado, seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at the Moab Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center. Viewings were held Sunday and Monday prior to the service.
Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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