Dale Smith (1921 - 2017)

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Dale Stanton Smith
December 3, 1921 - January 6, 2017
Dale Stanton Smith bid farewell to his earthly family to join his heavenly family January 6, 2017. He was born December 3, 1921 in Viroqua, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children born to Edward A. Smith and Julia Snearly Smith. In 1938 he moved with his mother to Nyssa, Oregon where they owned and operated Smitty's Grocery until he was called into the U.S. Army in 1942. After serving as an Army medic for nearly four years he was honorably discharged in 1946. At that time, he joined his mother in Nampa, where they owned the Starlight Motel. He also worked at Montgomery Wards in Nampa where he met and fell in love with Eva Porter. They were married March 1, 1947. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 and were married 64 ½ years until her passing in 2011.
He was a letter carrier for the United States Post Office for 28 years. After retiring, he drove school bus for Nampa Christian School for 13 years. He was so well loved by his students that many invited him to their weddings.
He was a founding member of Quinco Credit Union, now known as Mountain Gem Credit Union. He was a member of the National Letter Carriers Association, the Good Sam RV Club - Gem Sprouts Chapter, the former Nampa Civic Center Auxiliary, and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Auxiliary where he transported patients to their medical appointments with the Saint Alphonsus Express Van for 15 years. He went on to deliver meals to community members as part of the Meals on Wheels program. For many years, he also worked on the election board.
He was a member of the First Christian Church where he was an elder and deacon. He was the consummate volunteer always ready to help anyone. He was known as the "Energizer Bunny" as he kept going and going and going . . . Each week he volunteered at the Marginalia lunch, a church program providing free lunch to any in need.
When his granddaughter asked him what the secret to long life was he said he was certain it was chocolate. Each day he strove to eat a balanced diet, taking his food selections from the three major food groups which he defined as meat, potatoes and dessert. His niece commented that he was the only person she knew who had to have cookies with his pie.
In December, 2016, a big celebration was held for his 95th birthday. When asked if there was anything special he wanted to do to celebrate his birthday he proposed that they celebrate his 100th birthday in case he didn't make it that far, so they celebrated 100 minus 5 rather than 95. He said he didn't plan to live this long, "he just kept getting up every morning."
Left to cherish his memories are two daughters, Janice Ellis of Nampa, and Carol and her husband Dr. John Grudis of Denver, Colorado; three grandchildren, Janey Ellis (Patrick Arlt), Jonathan (Teryn Williams) Grudis and Jennifer (Scott) Ader; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers, Gordon and Hollie Smith and a sister, Vera Davis.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11AM on April 8, 2017 at the First Christian Church, 619 12th Ave. S., Nampa, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Marginalia Lunch Fund, c/o the First Christian Church, 619 12th Ave. S., Nampa, ID 83651.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 18, 2017
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