Kenneth William Dalton
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Aug. 1, 1946
Jan. 3, 2013
Kenneth William Dalton, 66, passed away from lung cancer on January 3, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Donald and Norma Dalton, but grew up in northern California.
He was a four-sport athlete at Orland High School and went on to play football and run track at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. He met his wife, Patty, at Avila Beach and was married in the San Luis Mission on December 21, 1968.
Ken spent his career as a high school teacher and a football coach. He began his influential work at Archbishop Mitty High School in the Bay Area, and then started the football program at North Tahoe High School. When McQueen High School was built in 1982, Ken became McQueen's first Head Football Coach.
Coach Dalton was focused on excellence and devoted himself to helping his students, players and coaches maximize their potential. He held all around him to a high standard and was a role model for hard work and attention to detail. He loved his family and community as the father that so many will remember him to be.
Ken amassed more than 300 wins during his coaching career, but will be most remembered for his commitment and inspiration. Ken's keys to success were: 1) You have to compete (not win) with everything you do in life; 2) How you interact with people is a key to success; 3) Be kind; 4) RMA. Right. Mental. Attitude. and 5) Communicate. Smile always! His legacy will be in how LANCER PRIDE and RMA live on in all he left behind.
Coach will be greatly missed by his extended family, friends, former players, students and colleagues. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Patty ; daughter Jennifer (and her husband Eric) Sees and their daughters Emma and Samantha; daughter Amy (and her husband Cale) Carter and their sons Dalton and Cooper; son Matt (and his wife Tawney) Dalton; and sister Marilyn Utterback.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 13th at 1:00 pm at the McQueen High School Gym.
The family invites you to share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2013