Dale Arthur "Gabby" Park (1938 - 2018)

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Dale "Gabby" Park
January 18, 1938 - June 24, 2018

Dale Arthur Park passed away on June 24 after a brief illness. Dale was born in Trinidad, Colorado on January 18, 1938, to Glen "Tuffy" and Opal McLaughlin Park. He moved to Los Angeles with his extended family when he was four years old. After his grandfather died, Dale moved with his grandmother to the La Puente area and looked after her until she passed away in 1964. Dale started a career as a film stuntman a few years later. He also acquired a gorilla suit, appearing as a gorilla in several film, TV, and live performances. Dale married Laura (Doolin) Barton, the former wife of his late cousin Jerry Barton, in 1968. They lived in Covina with several dogs and other animals. Dale and Laura moved to the Victor Valley in 1997, in order to have a property on which they could keep their horses. Dale became known for his impersonation of Western sidekick George "Gabby" Hayes, appearing as Gabby at the Roy Rogers Museum and many other locations. He and Laura lived in Oro Grande from 1998 onward, including two years on the former Roy Rogers ranch. Dale was a longtime member of Victor Valley Bible Church, serving as an elder, and on a few occasions giving the Sunday sermon. He conducted many "Cowboy Church" services in the area. Dale was also involved with the Happy Trails Children's Foundation. He was an accomplished horseman, artist, and writer. Dale is survived by his wife Laura, and his stepson Kelly Barton of Oak Park, California. A funeral service is scheduled for 10am on July 6 at Desert View Funeral Home, 11478 Amargosa Road, Victorville, CA 92392. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victor Valley Bible Church, 16349 Hughes Road, Victorville, CA 92395.
Published in the Daily Press on July 1, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Desert View Funeral Home
11478 AMARGOSA RD | Victorville, CA 92392 | (760) 244-0007
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