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Dale Henry Holyoak

Born: 5/12/1929, Moab, Utah
Death: 1/19/2021, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 01/22/2021, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Spanish Valley Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 01/23/2021, 12:00 pm, Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane with live streaming on Spanish Valley Mortuary facebook page
Interment: 01/23/2021, 1:30 pm Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

On January 19, 2021 Papa Angel got his wings. Dale Henry Holyoak was born on, May 12, 1929, in Moab, Utah to Jesse Gilbert Holyoak & Mattie Alberta Blackmore Holyoak. He was one of 4 children sharing his childhood with Gilbert & Betty Joyce. Floyd Don passed away shortly before Dale was born. Dale was a true Cowboy in every sense of the word. He started as young as 5 years old helping herd cows for family & neighbors. He worked for Swanny Kreby as a young teenager & went on the rodeo circuit competing as both a bareback & saddle back rider. Dale was the first man from Grand County to be drafted into the Korean Conflict & honorably served his nation for 2 years.

The day he returned to Moab he met Helen Jo Beeson whom he married on August 22, 1953. They had 5 daughters during their 25 years of marriage. Dale’s life revolved around his family & his jobs. He moved to Ronan Montana to work with his brother Gilbert a few years after he married then on to Missoula, where they bought a small farm. He returned to the Moab area around 1959. While his children were young, he lived & worked on ranches, one near Bluff, then Fisher Valley for Musty Taylor, & then for Jim McPherson in Professor Valley, giving his children a playground amongst the beauty of the red rocks; riding horses & playing cowgirls with the Priest & the Nuns standing guard, and Castle Rock & the LaSal Mountains in constant view. Dale was the last of a rare breed, a real-life cowboy, tough, hardworking, & extremely talented. He broke horses for extra money & shared his home with many young boys and men that came out to experience life on the ranch.

Around 1964/65 Dale broke his back in a car accident on the river road near Fisher Towers. His life as a cowboy was put on hold while he spent months in the hospital & years recovering. During this period, he moved his family to Northern Utah where he did an internship at JG Read Saddlery, learning the art of saddle making & leather work. He became a gifted craftsman & made many beautiful saddles, belts & other leather accessories. Dale returned to Moab when his daughters were teenagers & worked at Moab Ready Mix until 1977 when he landed his first job for Colorado Macco /TIC. He then traveled the construction circuit for nearly 27 years & lived all over the western United States. In between jobs Dale spent his time off visiting his daughters & grandchildren & being “Papa Angel”, spoiling every grandchild as much as he could. When Dale retired from construction he returned to Moab & to doing what he loved, riding horses, herding cows & checking the fences on the LaSal Mountains. It was at this time, his met his 3rd & ½ daughter, Doc, in about 1995. She was the “doctor” for his animals but became an adopted & beloved member of his family. He retired from cowboying well in to his 80s, at the behest of his family, when he could no longer pull himself up on the saddle. Dale spent his final year living with and being cared for by his daughter Yordy and grand puppy Dempsy.

Dale’s family would like to offer a special thank you to Betty Schocknmyer with CNS. We are deeply indebted to Betty for her loving care over the last year of Daddy’s life and especially for being with him when he passed. We also want to thank Andrea Cook, his other care giver, for the loving care she gave him.

Dale is survived by his sister Betty Joyce Foote of Kaysville his daughters, Daleine Martin (Tony) of Sunnyside, Lorrette, “Yordy” Eastwood of Moab, Riata, “Blondie” Vigil (Tony) of Moab, Jannette, “Doc”, Woodruff of Moab, Tonya Kim Blackburn (Kevin Tangreen) of Moab, Rickelle, “Kelli”, Gomez of Reno, his son in law Clemente, “Gomer”, Gomez of Winnemucca, 17 Grandchildren, 38 Great grandchildren & numerous beloved grandpuppies.

He was proceeded in death by his Mother & father, his brothers, his ex-wife Helen Jo, his granddaughter Marie, “Reedie” Eastwood, & his son in law RD Blackburn. May God Bless & keep his soul as he reunites with them in heaven. Soar Daddy! Your horse now has wings.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday January 23, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on Locust Lane. A viewing will be held Friday January 22, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Sorry to hear of Dale's passing, I work side-by-side with Dale years 83 and 84 , with HB Zachry here at Cortez , I really enjoyed working with him , he was a hard worker I remember we had to make him shut down at lunch every day. He truly was a cowboy ! He told me one day that he could not get a 'real job' anymore this construction is all I can do ! None of the ranch outfits would not hire him because of his back. He told me stories of all the moviemakers and stars he wrangled horses for, it would be a good movie if they made one about his life! My condolences to all!
- Marty Ruggles

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