He married Ida Palmer on June 16, 1947 in the Manti, Utah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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 had 27 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren.
After Ida passed away on March 23, 2004, he married Clara Ellen Copley Shafer on Sept. 30, 2006, in Moab. 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. 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 United States Marine Corps 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 at 11 a.m. Feb. 1, 2019 at the Moab Utah LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at Spanish Valley Mortuary and from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Feb. 1. Interment will be at the Grand Valley Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.