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Dale Edward Higley Sr

Dale Edward Higley Sr

1958 – 2021

Dale Higley, 63, returned peacefully to his Heavenly Father on September 22nd, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Betty Higley, 7 children, Christian (Leah) Deussen, Sara (Alan) Fratto, KC (Hope) Higley, Enrique Higley, Madison (Jose) Suarez, Adriana (Michael) Madsen and DJ (Jamie) Higley, along with 13 grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter, Selena Marie Higley, parents, Wallace and Lorna Higley, and brother David Higley.

Dale was born March 6th, 1958, to Wallace and Lorna Higley, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the 4th surviving of his 6 siblings, David (Cathryn) Higley Carol (Jeff) Lawson, Mark Higley, Lynn (Dana) Higley, Annette (Tony) Ceracera.

There were many miracles in his life from birth where he was almost taken from earth early because as a baby he was allergic to milk and almost didn’t survive until he began drinking goats milk. He grew up in Grantsville, Utah where he worked on a farm from an early age. He was run over by a tractor and still was safe. He also survived blood clots in his lungs.

He loved acting and performed in many plays while in High School. He was loved by all who surrounded him and made many life-long friends at school and church. After graduating High School, he served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Argentina. There he learned to speak Spanish and spoke it fluently thereafter. He then would pursue college where he graduated Suma Cum Laude from Southern Utah University with a major in Spanish and a minor in math.

After serving an honorable mission he returned home to find that his long brown haired and brown eyed beautiful High School sweet-heart, Betty Sue Vera, was not yet married. Betty remembered her love for Dale after seeing him perform in the school plays and could not resist him or his big blue eyes. Dale knew that Betty would be the love of his life and that he wanted her as his companion to spend the rest of his earthly and eternal life with. They were married on June 12th, 1981, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Dale and Betty were the most loving and caring couple.

Dale was a High School teacher, of 30 years at Wendover High School (retired). There he coached volleyball and soccer and served with the student council for many years. Dale would talk often about his love for teaching his students. He never lost his love for teaching and would continue to do so until the end of his life. He won Teacher of the Year in Tooele County 2014 and also served on the city council for Wendover, Utah (1 term). Dale and Betty lived a simple, humble life and loved spending their time with family and especially their grandchildren. Dale loved playing pinochle with his friends Alan Rowley, as well as Mel, Dale and Gordon Stewart.

We will miss you dearly Dale, papa, and dad, but we are at peace knowing that you are in heaven. We know you are enjoying the reunion with your mother and father, grandchildren that have been lost from miscarriage and your beautiful daughter, Selina. We love you and look forward to the day that we can all be together again.

Viewing will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at: 81 North Church St. Grantsville, Utah on Friday, October 1st 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30am. Funeral will be  at 12 Noon. Burial will follow at the Grantsville Cemetery in the care of Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home, 435-884-3031

Online condolences and memories may be shared at DaltonHoopes .com


  • Alex Peterson Posted September 26, 2021 1:33 pm

    Dale Who is my teacher back in high school in the early 80s when I was failing my algebra class they made arrangements with me to learn it he kept with it and was supportive I finally did learn how to do that because of his efforts and of course some of my own he was always a nice gentle man I never saw him lose his temper over anything I’ve known him for a long time now and I’m sad to see that he’s no longer with us . He will be missed

  • Carol L Ferhanghkhouei (Watkins) Posted September 26, 2021 11:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss! I remember all of us (Dale, Mark, Cindy, Earlene, Callie & myself) square dancing & church dances when we all were teenagers! We had so much fun! RIP Dale!

  • mike crawford Posted September 27, 2021 11:11 pm

    Loved having Dàle on my city council, he always had a smile for everyone!!!! He will be missed.

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