V. Dale Tripp
March 24, 1924 - March 6, 2014
Vernon Dale Tripp died March 6, 2014, in Willits, CA, after a short illness. Friends and family were at his bedside. He was 89 years old, just a few weeks short of his ninetieth birthday. Dale was born on March 24, 1924 in Spokane, Washington.
At age ten, Dale contracted poliomyelitis ("Polio") which left him with no working muscles in his left leg. He graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1942. Unable to enlist in the armed forces due to his bad leg, in the summer of 1942, Dale rode his bicycle from Santa Cruz, California, to Seattle, Washington, (1000 miles) to work in the shipyards alone side his father (Rama Forest Tripp, 1897-1978) as a Marine Wireman. He made the trip in ten days.
Dale had been trained in drafting while he attended Santa Cruz High School. The drafting trade served Dale well throughout his life. He worked as a mechanical draftsman for many employers, including the U.S. Navy
, the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Bethlehem Steel, Lockheed Aircraft, Insul-8 Corp. (San Carlos, CA), and Unisys (Santa Clara, CA), among others.
Dale had excellent lettering skills and worked as a professional sign-painter in the early 1950's.
He also had a strong sense of social justice. He worked to advance the progressive movement throughout his adult life. Dale met his first wife, Eleanor J. Wright (1918-2012), while working with a social issues committee at the Unitarian Church of San Francisco in the mid-1950's. Dale put his exceptional sign-painting skills to work for many of the anti-war demonstrations of the 1960's.
He met his second wife, JoMarie King (1927-2013), while working with a progressive organization to feed the homeless of San Jose, CA.
Dale is survived by his sister, Delores J. Braden of Willits, CA, his daughter, Annalisa Guthridge of San Mateo, CA, his son, Galen A. Tripp of San Mateo, CA, his step-daughter, Donna Day, of Willits, CA, and his step-son, Jim King of San Jose, CA. Dale will be deeply missed by all who knew him. There will be a memorial service for him at the Brooktrails Community Center in Willits on the 14th of June at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his honor to The World Wildlife Fund. www.worldwildlife.org