Dale George Newbold, a magnificent father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband passed away December 11, 2023, due to complications following heart surgery. He promptly joined the bride of his youth, Barbara Sperry Newbold, for the duration of eternity, she having passed away in 2021. He leaves behind his wonderful present wife, Jane, eight children, 35 grandchildren and 102 great grandchildren. He was the son of George Lorenzo and Lyda Leon Newbold.
Being a stalwart, dedicated servant of the Savior was his defining trait. He lived the Gospel. He loved the Gospel. He taught the Gospel -- as much by example as by word. He unceasingly served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many capacities, including as bishop (twice), stake president, president of the Melbourne Australia Mission (1988-1991), Regional Representative, member of the Young Men’s General Board, Missionary Department in-field representative, executive secretary to the Europe West Area Presidency, Bountiful temple presidency counselor, Stake patriarch, and temple sealer. But most importantly, he was a devoted father who taught his posterity to love the Lord.
Dale joined the United States Air Force immediately upon graduation from the University of Utah, where he was a track star, setting records in the 100- and 220-yard dash. He continued in the Air Force for the majority of his career, ultimately retiring with the rank of Colonel. In the process, he was intimately involved in the development of the Air Force’s Minuteman missile and drone programs, which frequently took him to the jungles of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war. Indeed, he was a patriot and steadfast defender of America.
He spent his junior and senior high school years living in the lower Sugarhouse neighborhood of Salt Lake City and attended South High School where he met and dated his wife of 70 years, Barbara Lois Sperry. They were sealed in the Salt Lake temple on June 8, 1951. Following her death, Dale was fortunate to meet Jane Bauman. They were married in October of 2023 and, though their marriage was brief, it generated great joy and loving companionship.
Dale used his Christ-like attributes, combined with much wisdom and patience, to love, lead and train eight children, David (Gail), Paul (Jan), Bruce (Lisa), Cynthia Hiatt (John Dean), Michael (Lavon), Russell (Cari), Alan (Chris Douglas), and Jana (Robert Berntson). Though he was busy serving in the Church, they were always his highest priority. Discussions about the Gospel were frequent when his grown children and grandchildren visited, and he always had a thoughtful Church book next to his recliner.
He was a builder – of multiple homes, of faith, of the Church, and of our nation. As was spoken of Moroni in the book of Alma in the Book of Mormon, we can say of Dale Newbold – “he was a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and freedom of his country…yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God…a man who was firm in the faith of Christ…yea, verily, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be like unto him, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever…”
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 18, 2023, at 11 AM at the Farmington West Stake Center, 905 North Fox Hunter Drive, Farmington, Utah. Friends and family may pay respects Sunday evening from 6-8 PM at Russon Mortuary, 1941 N. Main Street, Farmington, and Monday, 9:30-10:30 AM at the church prior to services. Interment will take place at the Morgan South Cemetery. For those unable to attend, services may be viewed live on the Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page, and will be on this obituary page below.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.