Born in Denver, Colorado on July 8, 1936
Resided in Greeley, Colorado and departed on May 3, 2009.
Celebration of Life: Friday, May 22, 2009
Dale Lee Majors of Greeley passed away on May 3, 2009 after a year and a half battle with cancer. Dale will be remembered as a dedicated husband, wise businessman, doting father and grandfather, and generous volunteer.
Dale was born on July 8, 1936 to Cecil and Helen Majors in Denver, CO. He resided in Sterling, CO until 1949 when he moved to Greeley. An enthusiastic and committed worker at a young age, Dale received the Outstanding Newspaper Carrier Award from the Sterling Advocate Newspaper in 1948 at the age of 12. The following year Dale simultaneously managed paper routes for The Greeley Tribune, The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. He also learned to keep books for his father’s truck line at the age of 12 and continued doing so until he was 21.
Dale graduated from Greeley High School in 1954 and married Evelyn Elizabeth Custar on June 13, 1954. Dale attended Colorado State College in 1956 while he continued to manage the truck line. In 1957, at the age of 21, Dale began working as a salesman for Forney Industries of Ft Collins. After five months of employment, Dale attained the position of District Manager and eventually became the company’s Regional Manager. He served as an employee of Forney Industries for nine years.
In 1967, Dale started Majors Welding Supply and Equipment CO, which he sold in 1992 after 25 years in business. In 1995, he built Gateway Self Storage, which remains in business today.
Dale valued education and invested a great deal of time and resources to provide educational opportunities for members of the community. At the age of 30, he began teaching welding to agricultural teachers and farmers through Vo-Ag programs. During this time, he donated many welders as awards for students who accomplished high achievements in welding. He also sponsored credited courses through the University of Colorado and Colorado State University and was a member of many vocational welding advisory committees in colleges throughout the states of Colorado and Wyoming.
Dale’s extensive community involvement spanned most of his life. Dale served on the Greeley Independence Stampede Committee (1971-1975), was President of the Greeley Knife and Fork Club, and was on the Greeley Chamber Board of Directors, (1980-1981). He was on the Board of Trustees for Aims Community College, (1978-1994) and Chairman of the Board, (1983-1985). Dale served on the Board of Directors of the First Colorado Bank, (1978-1990), the Greeley National Bank, (1990-1993) and Bank of Choice from 1997 to 2009. Dale was president of the Greeley Rotary Club, (1986-1987).
Dale was the recipient of many esteemed awards throughout his life. He was the top District Manager in the Colorado Region for Forney Industries for three consecutive years. He was awarded the Outstanding Service award from the Colorado Vocational AG Teachers Association in 1971. Dale received the Honorary State Farmer Award in 1974 from the Colorado FFA and in 1976 from the Wyoming FFA. In 1977, he was awarded the Colorado Vocational Association Merit Award for Outstanding Service to vocational education. Dale received the Honorary American Farmer Award in 1978 at the 50th Annual Convention of the FFA in Kansas City. In 1979, Dale was named the Business Person of the Year by the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, and in 1981 he received the Rotary Service Award for dedicated and exemplary service to vocational education. Most recently, Dale was selected as an Aims Honorary Fellow for 2009.
Dale was an avid fisherman who enjoyed many hours on the North Platte river. He also enjoyed hunting, camping, and golfing. After retirement, he and Eva spent much time traveling the world together.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Helen, and by his brothers Larry Majors and Russ Majors. Dale is survived by his wife Eva; three daughters, Dianne Engelman and husband Jeff of Mead, CO, Joan Nusbaum and husband EJ of Colorado Springs, CO, Karen Gerard and husband Jon of Grand Rapids, MI; son, Ted Majors of Greeley, CO, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Dale’s honor on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Aims Foundation for the Dale Majors Scholarship Fund for the Welding Program at Aims Community College in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.