E. Dale Peak 1914 ~ 2007 E. Dale Peak, 92 years old, passed away peacefully at home June 2, 2007 with his daughter by his side, after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. Although Dale's mind and body failed him the last few years, all he accomplished in his lifetime will not be forgotten. Dale was born to Homer and Marguerite (Madigan) Peak in Seattle, September 29, 1914. As a child, his family moved to Alameda, CA. At an early age, the inner drive that would always propel him was already evident. He worked from ages nine to 13 as a newsboy for the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, selling papers to commuters from Alameda who boarded electric trains connecting with ferry boats to San Francisco; and from ages 13 to 19 as a Railway Express freight handler in Oakland. He graduated from Alameda High in 1932 where he was student body president and a member of the Administrative Board and Judiciary Council. He went on to the University of California at Berkley, leaving his sophomore year to join Pacific Air Transport, which, within one year, became United Air Lines (UAL). During his regular 12-hour shift, he sold tickets, did billing, took messages from flights and transmitted data, made reservations, and set up cabin interiors, all for $4 a day! In 1933, Dale became Relief Agent for the Oakland and San Francisco Airports. In 1936, at age 22, he became UAL's youngest Chief Passenger Agent. In 1940, he became assistant to the Western Division director, and then in 1943 was promoted to Salt Lake City (SLC), UT as manager of Passenger Service. He was a member of the UAL accident team, going to crash scenes, helping to make identifications and notifying family and the media of deaths. Dale enlisted in the USMC serving in the South Pacific 1944-1946. He then re-turned to his position with United in Salt Lake City as manager of Passenger Service until 1973, when he transferred to Spokane, WA to coordinate United's participation in EXPO '74. He officially retired from UAL in 1979 after 46 years of service, during which time he received hundreds of appreciation letters from customers, fellow employees, celebrities, foreign ambassadors, state governors, senators, and even U.S. presidents. While his professional life was important, Dale's real passion was relationships. Foremost, his relationships with God, his family, and his community. In 1935, after a six-week courtship that began on the job, Dale married Shirley M. Potter, a registered nurse and the 100th stewardess hired by United Air Lines. They were blessed with four children, Dana in 1938, Michael in 1940, Gary in 1943, and Kathleen in 1948. Both Dale and Shirley were active leaders in their community. For a couple of summer weeks each year, as their children were growing up, Dale and Shirley directed the "Pilgrim Cove Fellowship", a church based camp for teenagers in Payette Lake, Idaho. The Peaks, along with four other families, helped establish the Bountiful Community Church, where Dale, a Protestant, served as usher, trustee, senior deacon, and church school director. In the early 1950's Dale and Shirley owned and operated a small community newspaper, also in Bountiful, UT. Dale was a 25-year veteran of the Boy Scout Council and was presented the Silver Beaver Award for his service; he helped organize the world's first Jeep Posse unit (Search and Rescue); held many offices in the local and state Chamber of Commerce and also in the state Republican Party; was appointed by the governor as chairman of Utah's first Civil Rights Committee; served five times as president of SLC and Utah Council of Churches; was a trustee of Westminster College; served as a church deacon in every church of which he was a member; was a member of SLC and Spokane Rotary Clubs, and had many more civic, fraternal, educational and religious affiliations, which are listed in Volume 7 of "Who's Who in the West". In 1963, Dale headed a committee to raise funds for an artificial kidney machine which he and Shirley personally delivered to Ankara, Turkey after an airline disaster. This became one of his favorite memories as he felt so fortunate to be able to help others in this way. In the small amount of time he dedicated to himself, Dale enjoyed fishing, growing roses for his wife, golfing, and of course, travel. He especially loved Shirley's homemade apple pie and raspberry jam! In more recent years, he liked to drive, and later, be driven around town visiting old friends and making new ones. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; son, Michael; brother, Jack; great-granddaughter, Bethany Macaluso; and son-in-law, Robert Dowdle. Surviving family includes sons, Dana (Nancy) Peak of Arizona, and Gary (Christine) Peak of Illinois; daughter, Kathleen Dowdle of Bremerton, WA; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great great-grandchildren. He will be remembered by all as a loving man of much accomplishment, but great humility. In every instance of his life, Dale tried, in his words, to "stay in tune with Christ" and was an example of how to live your life not only to the fullest, but with kindness, generosity, and faith. Family will gather in July at Liberty Lake, WA for a celebration of his life. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association PO Box 8462 Chicago, IL 60680. Please visit and sign Dale Peak's on-line memorial at www.rill.com