Dayle passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2010. He retired in 1990 as a Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, after a quarter-century of teaching journalism. He was a former president of the Fresno Press Club and the local chapter of Society of Professional Journalists. The CSU Fresno chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism honorary society, is named in his honor. He was born on November 22, 1921, in Arco, Idaho and grew up in Great Falls, Montana. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942, serving as a Sergeant with the First Allied Airborne Army in Europe. He graduated from University of Idaho, Moscow, in 1947, and began an 18 year newspaper career, holding reporting and editing positions at daily newspapers in Lewiston, Idaho; Great Falls, Montana; and Pueblo, Colorado. He later worked summers on The Fresno Bee copy desk. He began his teaching career after earning a Master's Degree from the University of Oregon in 1965, and taking a job at Fresno State College. He also co-wrote a widely used college textbook, "Interpreting Public Issues," and wrote periodically for Montana Western History magazine. His life was spent as a good, honorable, respected man dedicated to family and friends and to his beloved cadre of journalism students, who now carry on the tradition of the careers he carried out for himself and which he dearly loved. He is survived by Lorena R. Molen, his wife of 60 years; three sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Debbi Molen of Clovis, Kirby and DeAnn Molen of Tollhouse, and Logan and Sandra Molen of Bakersfield; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Dayle H. Molen Journalism Scholarship Fund, c/o CSU, Fresno Scholarship Office, 5150 N. Maple Ave., JA64 Fresno, Ca. 93740. -30- NEPTUNE SOCIETY Of Central California 1154 W. Shaw Avenue Fresno (559)222-7764
Published in Fresno Bee on Aug. 11, 2010.