William Dale Pawley, beloved son of Ada Sharron Harvey and Tom Pawley, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, May 28th. Dale was born September 20, 1972 at Flagstaff, Arizona. He is survived by his grandfather and grandmother, Malry and Geraldine Johnson, his father, Tom Pawley (Mary) of Washington state, his brother Scott from California, his sister Colleen from Timberon, his brother Jonathan from Cloudcroft, his dear friend Rose Wiseman, his step-father Bob Harvey of Las Cruces and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. From a very early age Dale exhibited a rare talent for musical theater. After graduation from high school he attended Highland University at Las Vegas, NM with a major in live theater and direction. While there he performed and participated in several performances. Dale's involvement with his second family, the Las Cruces theater community, began in 1996 when he starred as The Baker in the play Into the Woods at LCCT. In 1997 he acted and sang in the musical Bells Are Ringing, his first collaboration with Janet Mazdra. In 1998 he started his Las Cruces directing career with Crimes of the Heart. Since then, Dale has directed 15 shows at Las Cruces Community Theater and 6 shows at the Black Box, including Deathtrap, Little Shop of Horrors (Janet Mazdra and Patrick Payne), The Miracle Worker (Margie Brouhard and Patrick Payne), Hello Dolly (Janet Mazdra Margie Brouhard, Tom Warren and Karen Warren), Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Nuncrackers: The Christmas Musical. Dale's participation with the Las Cruces theater community and the friendship of various actors, directors, choreographers, etc. was the high point of his life. He was never happier than when he was sitting in the second row, middle section, telling everyone on stage what to do. A Memorial Service will be held to honor Dale on Wednesday, June 11th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Las Cruces Community Theater. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, friends would consider a donation to the theater community. Dale's kindness, gentleness, and prodigious talent will be greatly missed. His passing has left a void in the hearts of all those who knew and loved him. "Oh, death, where is thy sting? Oh, grave, where is thy victory?"
"Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jun. 9, 2014.