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Dallas A. Sutton

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Services will be private for Dallas A. Sutton, who passed away on June 18, 2006 in Chico, CA. He was 94.
He was born September 12, 1911 in Grand Junction, CO. He received an A.A. degree from Mesa Jr. College in Grand Junction in 1934; an A.B. from Univ. of Colorado, Boulder in 1939; an M.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in 1940; and a PhD. from Univ. of Colorado in 1953.
Dallas' love of teaching spanned a period of forty-two years. As an educator, he began his career in 1934 as an elementary teacher/principal. Upon receiving his doctorate, Dallas taught biology at Eastern Montana College, Billings, MT, and in 1957 became a Professor of Biology at California State University Chico, where he taught until his retirement in 1976. Many of his summer breaks were spent as a biologist and ranger naturalist for the U.S. National Park Service, including Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain parks in Colorado. In addition, he made ten natural history boat trips from San Diego along the Mexican coast to Scammon's and San Ignacio lagoons, studying the flora and fauna of the area.
Dr. Sutton was a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, and the Western Society of Naturalists. He published numerous articles for the Journal of Mammalogy and the Southwestern Naturalist.
He was a member of the Chico Evangelical Free Church.
Dallas is survived by his wife of seventy years, Beulah, of Paradise; one son, Dallas, Jr. and wife Linda of Felton, CA; brother, Robert of Salem, OR; one grandson, and several nephews.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements by Newton-Bracewell, Magalia, CA.
Published in Paradise Post from June 27 to June 30, 2006
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