Dale Irish, 1930 ~ 2010

Dale Marvin Irish passed away Jan. 3, 2010. He lived a long full life.

He was born Oct. 9, 1930 to Claude Marvin Irish and Ima Stocks Irish, in Moab, Utah. He met and married Barbara Miller while serving in the Navy. They had one son, Michael Charles Irish. They were later divorced.

After his discharge from the service, Dale came back to Moab and married Maxine Reed. Their marriage ended in divorce. In 1954, just before Christmas, he met Wilda Swett and they were married on Sept. 22, 1955 and just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. They raised three sons, Dale, Jr, DaRell and Dudley.

Dale worked wherever he could find a job, in many different trades, one of which was being a mechanic. He always wanted to be a long-haul trucker. So, he and Wilda took off driving across the country for North American and United Van Lines. They drove trucks for 11 years, both retiring from that profession.

Retirement meant they could fulfill another dream together. They served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first was served in Tacoma, Wash. and the second in the Czech Republic.

Dale’s brother, Max Irish, drug him to a Grand County Historical Preservation Commission meeting. Dale was not interested in going, but went anyway since Max showed up to take him. Dale became the president of the historical commission. He found great satisfaction in many projects, some of which were restoring the Dewey Bridge, and the Shafer Home on 400 East, and he advised the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in restoring their meeting building.

Dale loved working with wood. He built many fine pieces of furniture for his home, including end and coffee tables, a china cabinet and a glider rocker for his wife. He always had a project going.

He is survived by his wife, Wilda, and sons, Dale Jr. and Dudley and his wife Pat, grandson, Kristopher and granddaughter, Oceanna Irish. Also, he is survived by his brother, Eugene Irish, sisters and their husbands, Arlis and Kenneth Roberts, Karen and Jerry DeVilbiss and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sons, Michael and DaRell, sister, LaRae Gaskins, brother, Max Irish and his wife, Orice and sister-in-law, Kay Irish.

A viewing will be held from 5. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home. Funeral service will be the following day, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m., at the LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Rose Hill Hospitality House at 605 26-1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506.