Lloyd Arlon Dalton Sr Lloyd Arlon Dalton Sr., 78, of Meadowlakes, Texas, returned to his Heavenly Home on October 4, 2012 after a battle with cancer. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 3, 1934 to Larry and Matha Dalton. He graduated from Austin High School in El Paso in 1954 and then went to work for Mountain Bell/Southwestern Bell where he had a distinguished career of 37 years. He also had a very successful career as a musician known as "Big Lloyd" and was a member of Texas Trailblazers, a band in El Paso that had its own weekly television show. He also performed on numerous country music stages with the likes of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Mel Tillis. In 2007, he gave up his career singing country music and began praising his Lord singing gospel music at nursing homes, churches, and prisons. He knew how blessed he was and in 2011 he performed and shared his testimony in more than 60 appearances. While cancer prevented him from playing publicly in 2012, it didn't prevent him from picking and grinning in front of friends and family up until his final days. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer; brothers, Larry and Aaron; and parents, Larry and Matha. He is survived by Polly, his wife of 53 years; three sons, Eddie and his wife GayAnn and family of Aurora, CO; Lloyd Jr. of Austin; and Kyle and wife Anne of Cedar Park. He also was blessed by six amazing grandchildren, Danielle, Noah, Ashley and Haylee Dalton and Michael and Jason Talley. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held , 3 PM, Monday, October 8, 2012 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Seton Highland Lakes Hospice, Seton Highland Lakes Friends of Hospice, Highland Lakes United Methodist Church and Bethany United Methodist Church. To share memories of Lloyd, please visit www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 7, 2012