James David Engle was born Jan. 10, 1924, to parents who both had left teaching jobs to marry and homestead in northern Wyoming. Home consisted of three separate one-room buildings located on three corners of a rectangular platform. There was no electricity, running water, indoor toilet, or phone such as we consider basic needs today.
Growing up he spent time (among other things) riding and falling off an old horse while the family sheep dogs watched both him and the sheep. The schoolhouse consisted of two rooms. When Dave was 9, they left the homestead and moved east to a family farm in Maryland with a two story house and chimneys.
The depression came and went, followed by World War II where he was in the Army Signal Corps during the last part of the war, stationed in the Philippines. Then he met his future wife at the University of Maryland, where he got his BS degree and a master’s degree in aero engineering, and took a job with Union Carbide Chemicals Co. He stayed at Union Carbide with the same division his entire working life.
He and Dorothy retired to Albuquerque, N.M. While she won her “Life Master” rating in contract-bridge, he became involved in the Bear Canyon Senior Center. Photography had been a lifetime passion and now he added computers, leading photography trips and helping to teach others about computers and photo editing programs.
A couple of years ago, Dave and Dorothy moved to Riverton, Utah, in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, to be closer to the kids.
Dave’s family was with him when he died at home, under hospice care, Jan. 10, 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 61 years, his children, Barbara Fincham of Moab and James D. Engle, Jr. of Sandy, Utah, their three children and, on the East Coast, by his sister, Anne Carolyn Buker, cousins, nieces and nephews.