Dale L. Rindlisbacher
Sept. 1, 1942 - Dec. 18, 2020
Dale L. Rindlisbacher, our dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, friend, and "champ of Ashley Valley Junior High", passed away peacefully at Utah Valley Hospital on Friday, December 18, 2020 surrounded virtually (literally with an ipad due to COVID restrictions) by his entire family and much of his extended family.
He was born the second of eight children to Harold and Audrey Rindlisbacher on September 1, 1942 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Raised in a musical family in what was then rural Riverton, his early life included milking cows every morning and night, riding his horse 'Babe', and practicing his instruments for hours on end. The love of music was instilled in him at a young age. He could play just about any string or woodwind instrument, but primarily he played the clarinet, saxophone and most especially he loved and excelled at the violin.
Dad met his best friend, and future brother-in-law, Roger Sorenson while attending Cyprus High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Utah earning both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music in 1964 and 1972, respectively. Many hours were spent in the library at the U of U researching for and writing his thesis. He also played in the University's marching band with Roger and his brother Hal.
In the summer of 1963, Dad's parents invited Les and Louise Rollins to their home for dinner with the intent to introduce their son to the Rollins' daughter Lorien. Dad knew this was the purpose of the dinner but, for some reason, was running late on his chores of milking cows and came in wearing his old straw hat and grubby work clothes. When he saw Lorien for the first time, he was both smitten with her and immediately embarrassed by his appearance. Mom and Dad quickly fell in love, nearly eloped one weekend along with another couple, Dad's friend Roger and sister Judy (until their parents found out and put a stop to that!), and were married not long after, just four months after they met.
Dad and Mom made their first home in a run down studio apartment with a Murphy bed in downtown Salt Lake, but shortly after purchased a mobile home and parked it in Grandpa's back yard where they lived for at least eight years as they started their family. Money was tight as Dad became a school teacher. To supplement his income, he repaired musical instruments for years and typically taught many private lessons at Summerhays music and later from his home. He also played in the family Jazz band at dances and other social events on weekends where each member of the band brought home a whopping $10 per event which was considered "good money" at the time!
After a brief stint living in Kaysville, Dad got a job teaching music at Cottonwood High School so they moved back to the Salt Lake Valley and built their first home (much of it with their own hands) in South Jordan. He also directed the Granite Youth Symphony which went on tour throughout the western United States each summer. Dad loved to teach music and knew just how to get the best out of his students.
Surviving on a music teacher's salary with a large and growing family of five children (at the time) was difficult. One summer break, Dad built a home and made more money off the one home than he did teaching the other 9 months of the year. The venture was successful enough that he and his brother Jay started Bach Builders in 1976. Although Dad loved to teach music and continued to do so at first, building was lucrative enough to eventually cause him to quit teaching and focus on the business. Roger joined Bach in 1986 where he worked with Dad until he retired.
Dad loved to work and loved his company. Something that was especially gratifying for him was taking a raw piece of ground and creating something from it. Whether it was to build a home, develop a subdivision, or build an apartment complex, it thrilled him to see his vision come to life.
We all have fond memories of pet dogs, cats, and horses in the backyard and even a cow named 'steak' so no one would forget its ultimate purpose. There was deer hunting with the boys, boating trips to Lake Powell, camping in the mountains, and many games of pool (billiards). Very few people could beat Dad in a game of pool. He was a master chef of just two things: short spaghetti (nothing but macaroni noodles, tomato juice and butter) and scrambled egg sandwiches with bacon, or occasionally some side pork. He instilled in all of us a love for work that will stay with us for life. Some of his proudest accomplishments were the orchestras he taught, the success of his company, and his children becoming Eagle Scouts, serving missions, and marrying in the temple.
Dad truly had a love of the gospel and a testimony of his Savior. He loved to read the Book of Mormon and to remind all of us to pay our tithing, keep the commandments, and say our prayers. He served in many callings in the church including Bishop and he especially enjoyed directing the ward choir.
Dad and Mom divorced in 1995 and Dad married Victoria Fielding in 1998 until 2006. He was married to a third woman for a while after that.
Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1995 and Lewy Body dementia (commonly accompanied with Parkinson's) as early as 2010. The disease had a major impact on his quality of life but he never allowed it to keep him from working and Dad never really "retired". Although he technically passed away from COVID, it was the effects of a long fight with Parkinson's and dementia that weakened him enough to succumb to the COVID pneumonia. The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to our Dad's siblings, and especially Jay, for their extraordinary help and support these past 29 months.
Dale is survived by his siblings (Mary Jensen), Judy Sorenson (Roger), Jay (Jane), Jill Beckstead (Kim), Jan Crane (Dan), Chad (Kaylene), and Kim (Carol); his children Lynn (Jill), Shon (Danielle), Greg (Julie), Blaine (Audrey), Brian (Jenn), Randy (Ashley), Jaime Schaerrer (Chris), and Cory (Brooke); 39 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Harold and Audrey and his older brother Hal.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 28 at 11:00 a.m. Due to strict COVID restrictions it will be held virtually only. A link to the live stream can be found at https://www.jenkins-soffe.com
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to the University of Utah Department of Neurology Parkinson's Disease Research in Dale's name. This can be done online at https://ugive.app.utah.edu/designation/1222
or by mail at PO Box 410481, SLC, UT 84141. Questions can be answered by Melisa at (208) 339-0701.
Published by Deseret News on Dec. 25, 2020.