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Obituary: Dale M. Valentine

Dale M. Valentine 1928 ~ 2005 FARMINGTON, UTAH- Dale M. Valentine, age 77, passed away November 9, 2005 in Farmington, Utah, due to complications arising from congestive heart failure. He was born on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, in Salt Lake City, the son of Hilda Mason and Nephi Merrell Valentine. Dale attended Emerson Grade School, Roosevelt Junior High and South High School in Salt Lake City. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in 1952 and from BYU with an MA in 1955. Dale married Sheronne Robertson on June 18, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple and was the father of five children, Mark, Ron, Vicki, Melanie and Valerie. An active member of the LDS Church, Dale served as president of the Texas South Mission 1970-1973; he served in the Spanish American Mission as a young man and later served as a branch president in Peru and in three bishoprics in the United States. He also served as counselor to the president of the Andean Mission. He served in the Bountiful Temple for nine years as a set-apart ordinance worker. His varied career enabled him to work as an overseas advisor for the Institute of Public Administration, where he served with his family in the Dominican Republic and in Peru. He later worked for the Genealogical Society arranging for the microfilming of vital records in Brazil, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Barbados, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala. In earlier years he worked in the aerospace industry for Marquardt and Thiokol. In 1985 he was appointed Justice Court Judge for Farmington and served until his retirement. In 1996 he was selected by the 158 Utah Justices as the Judge of the Year. Dale is survived by his wife, Sheronne; five children: Mark Valentine (Julie), Ron Valentine (Julie), Vicki Valentine, Melanie Durfee (Ryan), and Valerie Backman (Keith); 26 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Elaine Brown (George); and brother, M. Kaye Valentine (Sue). He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Barbara; and grandson, Christopher Backman. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at the Farmington Rock Chapel, 272 North Main Street. There will be a viewing November 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 North 400 East and Tuesday 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the church. Interment: Farmington City Cemetery. E-mail condolences to lbm@lindquistmortuary.com