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September 22, 1920 - March 10, 2014
Delma Lou Dalton Dunn 1920-2014
Delma, Dale's wife, loving mother of 7 boys, beautiful woman of faith and service, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother died peacefully at home March 10, 2014.
She was born in her grandparents home on September 22, 1920 in Pocatello, Idaho. Her childhood was shaped by loving parents and grandparents. Despite the hardships of the Great Depression, she lived happily through her teenage years in the 1930's.
She married Dale Ellertson Dunn in the Salt Lake Temple on March 14, 1941. World War II dominated their young married life as Dale joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and became a pilot instructor. She followed him in his successful military career as they moved to Texas and Kansas. Their son 3D was born in Texas; Jary was born and died in Kansas. She returned to Pocatello when Dale was sent to war in the Pacific. Tim was born without Dale at her side as he served our country, in charge of logistical planning in liberating the Phillipines and other islands.
A joyous reunion in 1945 was followed by 22 years raising a young family together in Salt Lake City as Dale attended the University of Utah and became a High School teacher. Val, Rand, Cory and Mark were born during those happy, busy years. Delma always loved and served her neighbors and extended family in addition to nourishing her growing boys.
Delma, Dale and the younger boys spent 1967-1970 in Nevada before returning to live in her childhood home of Pocatello. As the boys left home, Delma helped Dale succeed in sales with Mutual of Omaha Insurance. Demonstrating her commitment to education, she received her Bachelor's Degree at Idaho State University at the age of 68. Delma helped her mother, Rachel, run the family business,Dellart Floral, until Rachel was almost 90.
Dale & Delma took Rachel into their home when they moved to Orem, Utah in 1989. After caring for her until she passed, they served as full-time missionaries in Montrose, Pennsylvania in 1992-1993. Dale died in 2007 as Delma looked forward to another joyous reunion with him. She loves her Orem home, a place of welcome gathering for family and friends, living there until her death in 2014.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and tried to pattern her life after the Jesus. She served as Primary President, Relief Society President, Temple Worker, Missionary and in many other callings.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dale E. Dunn, son Jary Dalton Dunn, siblings, Dona Judd, Merl Dalton and Gene Dalton. She is survived by her sister Lois Parsley, sister-in-law Bonnie Dalton, 6 sons, 39 grandchildren and 61 great-grandchildren
SONS & WIVES: Dale (3D) & Penny, Tim & Susie, Val & Laura, Rand & Penney, Cory & Pam, Mark & Michelle.
GRANDCHILDREN: Dale C., Jared, Liisa, Adam, Babbi, Brigham, Texas, McKay, Taylor, Hannah, Rachel, Jeff, Heather, Stacey, Holli, Joey, Ashley, Brooke, Leigh, Alec, Brent, Christy, Dell, Ephraim, Fielding, Randi, Michael, Zach, Michelle, Janell, Leslie, Kaylie, Cory, Rebekah, Dalton, Daniel, Karmelle, Courtnie and Nicholas.
GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Madeline, Dale B., Brandon, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Paris, Joseline, Savannah, Alyssa, Sariah, Whitney, Brooke, Ryan, Carson, Kaitlyn, Deacon, Rhylinn, Zane, Seth, Mira, Pauline, Eric, Isabel, Zak, Soso, Noble, William, Hewlett, Joseph, Malachi, Sophia, Aerie, Coco, Sally, Emily, Katie, Jeffrey, Henry, Lizzie, Ellie, Leonie, Amelie, Laura, Samuel, Madeline, Elijah, Everett, Mercedes, Bentley, Carter, Emiley, Andrew, Kaitlyn, William, Eva, Dalton, Dani, Dale, Abigail and Olivia.
A viewing and family gathering will be held Friday evening, March 14 from 6-8 pm at the Sundbergh-Olpin Mortuary , 495 South State, Orem Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 15 at 12 noon at the Sunset Heights 4th Ward, 500 South 600 West, Orem. Viewing and family prayer precede funeral from 10:45 to 11:45am. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.
Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary - Orem
495 South State Street
Orem, UT 84058
Published in Idaho State Journal on Mar. 13, 2014