Dallas E. Turner
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November 27, 1927
April 4, 2014
Dallas Eugene Turner was born on November 27, 1927, in Walla Walla, WA. He passed away on April 4, 2014 at the age of 86. He was a resident of Reno, Nevada for more than 40 years. Dallas was surrounded by loved ones when his courageous fight ended peacefully and with dignity. He was a beloved father, minister, father-in-law and adored husband. Dallas and Dolores were married for 32 years before the death of the love of his life - Dolores Turner in December of 1998. They shared the unconditional type of love everyone dreams of finding. Dallas and Dolores had one son together, Nolan Eugene Turner. Dallas referred to Nolan as his anchor - his pride and joy until the very end.
Dallas was raised on a 50,000 acre cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon. A self-taught guitar player, he left the ranch in 1946 to follow his dream of becoming a Border Radio Star. Dallas rode the bus to the Mexico Border and began his quest. Dallas sweet-talked his way into the most powerful radio station in the world (XEG) and at age 16 - Dallas met his idol - Cowboy Slim Rinehart. Slim (also known as Nolan Rinehart) gave Dallas his first big break. Slim and Dallas took the radio world by storm performing alongside Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, Roy Rodgers, Ernest Tubbs, Patsy Montana and Wolfman Jack. Slim and Dallas were affectionately known as the Kings of Border Radio.
In 1948 - after a recording session - Dallas professed his love, admiration and respect to Slim for giving him his big shot and promised to name his first born son after him. Slim turned his back on Dallas and when he turned around with tears in his eyes he asked Dallas, "Do you really love and respect me that much?" Dallas responded - "Slim, you know I do." Slim was tragically killed 2 weeks later in a car accident. Dallas kept his promise - 30 years later - his first and only son Nolan was born in Reno in 1978.
Dallas appeared on various radio and television programs and across countless venues including New York's Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall - sometimes singing under his own name but usually under an alias such as Nevada Slim or Yodelin' Slim. He was popular with sponsors of many radio programs as a 'pitchman' for their products. He remained a favorite on Border Radio for over 30 years. In the mid-1960s, he recorded several albums for Rural Rhythm.
He later became a minister and presented evangelistic programs, as well as recording a gospel album. He became acknowledged as a noted historian of Western material and Border Radio. His works have been exhibited at the Smithsonian and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also sung authentic cowboy material in documentaries and appeared frequently at the annual Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Dallas is survived by his loving son, Nolan Eugene Turner, his daughter-in-law Evelyn Turner, Becky Benavides, Heather and Jeremy Hagan and Winnie Rotter his best friend.
Dallas will be laid to rest with a Graveside Service at Mountain View Cemetery Wednesday April 9th @ 11 AM. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to
or to Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Scholarship Program to support the hard and tireless work of those who helped care for Dallas in his final days.
Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue Reno, NV 89513
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2014