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Dale Porter White 1932 ~ 2006 Dale Porter White, 74 our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away on February 16, 2006 in Pella, Iowa. He was born January 13, 1932 in Otto, Wyoming to Willis Franklin White and Rhea Eliza Porter White. He was raised in Casper Wyoming. He graduated in 1950 from Natrona High School, where he was a Student Body Secretary and President of the Thespian Club. Dale was well known for his singing, poetry and readings which he preformed to many audiences. He married his sweetheart and accompanist Marie Maughan, August 30, 1950 in the Logan LDS Temple. They were married for 55 years and had three children. Dale attended Brigham Young University and Utah State University. He graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse Theater of Arts in Pasadena, California. While there, he was discovered by the producers of the Jack Benny Show, where he starred for 10 years, playing the part of Harlow, Don Wilson's son. Dale was on stage with Frank Sinatra, Carol Burnett, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Charles Bronson and many other Hollywood Legends. Dale taught at the Pasadena Playhouse for five years before forming his own film company, White Productions. He owned two live theaters, Claremont Playhouse and Sierra Madre Playhouse. White Productions has made hundreds of films for large corporations, including many films for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1976 Dale wrote and directed his first feature movie "Runnin Free". Dale was very creative and he loved music and writing. He was always working on a new script. He wrote and directed many plays at his theaters. He enjoyed his work and he made many life-long friends. Marie always worked behind the scenes, sewing costumes and supporting Dale in all that he did. Dale and Marie moved to Bountiful, Utah in 1990 to be closer to family. He and his son, Frank purchased and moved the ATK Motorcycle Company to Centerville, Utah. Dale continued to use his talents by making video presentations for the company. He was a great problem solver, using his other talents as a mechanic and electrician. Dale could fix anything. He would travel with Frank to his motorcycle races throughout the country. Dale has friends all over the world in the motorcycle business. In 2004 Dale wrote and directed "Saints and Strangers" at the Bountiful Regional Center. This was a beautiful tribute to his mother and her Mayflower Heritage. He was a member of The Mayflower Society. Dale was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many leadership positions throughout his life. Dale was a wonderful teacher. He wrote, directed and acted in many award winning road shows. He made a difference in the lives of many young people, helping them to recognize their talents, giving them confidence and self-esteem. Dale made people happy where-ever he served; he was loved by everyone. Dale loved his wife and family more than anything. He was always their cheerleader. Nothing was more important than spending time with and helping his grandchildren. He had a very special relationship with his brother Joe. Dale's family has countless wonderful memories of motorcycle riding in the desert, Lake Powell, Deer Springs (Dale's Mountain) and just going to lunch. He is survived by his wife, Marie of Bountiful, his children, Frank (Vanett) of Bountiful; Christopher of Salt Lake and Stephanie (Scott) Visser of Knoxville, Iowa; his grandchildren, Robert (Kelly), David, Paul, Jeffrey, Philip, Gerrit and Rebecca; his brother Joe (Pam) White of Centerville and his half brother Raymond White of Waxahachie, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Charmaine. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 25 at the Moss Hill Ward, 455 South 1200 East, Bountiful, Utah at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will held Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Moss Hill Ward and Saturday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Funeral Directors-Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.