Dale D.M. Windham, 74, of Boise, died Thursday, June 5, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 29, 1939 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C to Aubrey P. and Zelma (Slay) Windham. He had 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
Dale attended grade school in Ozark, Alabama. He graduated from Annandale High School in Virginia in 1957. His summers were spent as a lifeguard. Although born in the city, Dale grew up in the country and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.
He joined the U.S. Marines at 17 and spent the summer of 1957 at boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. While still a marine private, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in 1958. At the Naval Academy he was a championship fencer and was Company Commander in his senior year. Dale graduated from the Academy in 1962 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in his beloved Marines. After infantry training at Quantico, Virginia he was selected for flight training at Pensacola, Florida. He received his coveted "Wings of Gold" as a Marine Fighter Pilot in 1964. His squadron, Marine Attack Squadron 223 (VM 223) deployed to Vietnam in 1965 where he flew 75 missions and was promoted to the rank of Captain. After returning from the war Dale was hired by Trans World Airlines as a pilot.
Dale is survived by his daughters, Christine and Kelly, his grandchildren, Kyleigh, Lennon, Zion, Sienna, Blessing, Elle and Elka, by his siblings, Kay, Bush, Vanda, Tony and Tom, and by many beloved nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing in Alaska, and riding his Harley. Dale enjoyed his life.
Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com.
Accent Funeral Home
1303 North Main Street Meridian, ID 83642
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 20, 2014