Dietrich, Idaho - Dale C Southwick left this life at age 88 on July 15, 2013. He was born April 20, 1925, in Harlem, Montana; the youngest of 10 children born to Mary Louise and William I Southwick. He grew up in Liberty, Utah. He told stories of the fun times being a boy in the North Fork area. He would ride in a horse drawn wagon to school in the winter and then ride his horse to school in the spring and fall. He sang and could play music by ear. He would pick up an instrument and could play it after a few minutes.
He went into the United States Army just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was an MP on the Island of Hawaii.
He married the love of his life, Eathea "Johnnie" Johnson on June 1, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. They recently celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary.
He worked with his Dad and brothers at a saw mill in Willets, California. He received his contractor’s license and built many of the homes in Ogden Valley. He was a professional rodeo cowboy and belonged to the PRCA. He rode bareback and steer wrestled, winning many all around cowboy awards. He was a square dance caller. He taught ballroom and square dancing with his beautiful wife, Eathea. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. In 1969, he moved his family to Dietrich, Idaho and began farming and raising beef cattle. He was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings.
He felt his greatest accomplishment was his family. He has left behind his wife, Eathea, two daughters, LuDale (Don) Rose, Dr. Teela (Allen) Sorensen, son, Jess (Christy) Southwick, son-in-law, Brent Christensen, 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, all of his Siblings, daughter, Kareleen Christensen and great grandson, Taylor Christensen.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am, on Friday, July 19, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dietrich, with visitation beginning at 9:00 am at the church. A committal service with Military Honors will follow at 4:00 pm, at the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty Utah.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Shoshone Chapel.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.