William Dale McInnes, aka, Big Daddy, Sweetheart, Daddy, Grandpa, Son, Brother and Uncle, was called to spend eternity with our heavenly Father on Sunday, May 25, 2014. He had put forth a valiant effort for 15 months battling pancreatic cancer. Dale was born in Roswell on Aug. 10, 1953 to Willie and Hazel McInnes. The family moved to Portales where Dale graduated from Portales High School. Dale met the one and only love of his life in Portales and married Sharon Kay Sparks on June 4, 1971.
Dale was an accomplished man in many areas of life. He has worked in many walks of life including Potash Mining, Weed and Pest Control, oilfield rig hand, welder and a 3rd and 4th grade elementary teacher.
Dale moved his family to Farmington in 1994 where he worked in the energy field with XTO, Dugan Productions and ended his career with ConocoPhillips.
Dale loved his Lord and Savior, his family and the outdoors in that order. He was a wonderful musician who wrote his own music and could play any instrument that was placed in his hands. He loved hunting, camping and woodworking but his passion was fishing. If he had a spare minute, day or night you could find him at a body of water trying his latest fly. He was a lover of life and found the good in everyone. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
Dale is survived by his parents Willie and Hazel McInnes of Roswell; his life mate, Sharon "Mother Dear" McInnes of 45 years; son Jesse D. McInnes of Cedar Hill and his wife LaDonna; grandsons, Ethan and Wynn; daughter Sarah E. (Bugga) Larson, of Harrah, Okla., and partner Drew Hatley and grandson Wyatt J. Larson; his brother Danny McInnes and wife Sherri of Hobbs; mother-in-law Jennie Ruth Sparks of Clovis; sister-in-law Janise and husband Dean Johnson of Lubbock, Texas; brother-in-law, Larry B.
Sparks and wife Sam of Tucumcari; and his numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Dale gave so much love and much love was returned gladly to him.
He never met a stranger and made friends wherever he was. People wanted to be around him because being around him made them feel better when he left. His contagious belly laugh and tearing eyes were always a good indication that he was having a good time.
Dale was preceded in death by his younger brother, Samuel James McInnes; father- in-law Jerry Sparks and brother-in-law Don Sparks.
There will forever be a treasure chest filled with memories that we have all shared with this wonderful man. When you get lonely for his company, pull one of those stories and remember the good times and that will keep him always near.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at The Oasis Church, 1601 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.
Please write down for your favorite story about Dale to be left for the family to share in the coming days.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Presbyterian Medical Services North West New Mexico Hospice and Home Care.
Dale's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.