Dale H. Tingley
1945 - 2021
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8/23/1945 - 1/4/2021

Born in Long Beach Ca to Chet and Mae Tingley. Dale moved to Durango at 6 months old where he lived until his passing on Jan. 4, 2021. After graduating from Durango High School he enlisted in the Army National Guard. Dale then Served the City of Durango in Law Enforcement for a few years. Dale retired after over 20 years of volunteer service as a Lieutenant with the Colorado Mounted Rangers. He retired after 28 years as a Technician for Xerox Corp while owning and operating Carriages for Hire for 18 of those years. Dale spent the last 20 winters in Zapata Tx. where he could fish and golf all winter. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing his entire life as well as teaching his boys and others the joy and splendor of the outdoors. He was also a 54yr. Life Member of Durango Elks Lodge. Dale was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor, and friend.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents Chet and Mae Tingley and his sisters, Dody Ross, and Janice Coombs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lynn Tingley, and sons and daughter in-laws, Garry and Cindy Tingley of Dallas Tx, Roger and Dina Tingley of Farmington NM, and Greg and Charity Tingley of Aztec NM. Seven Grandchildren and 7 Great Grand-children.

A Celebration of life will be held later this spring or early summer.

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Published in Pine River Times on Jan. 7, 2021.
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February 14, 2021
I’m so sad...I went to Kindergarten, First and Second grade, then 7th through 12th grade with Dale, feel like he’s oe of my oldest and dearest classmates. I ran into him when visiting Durango several years ago....I asked him if he recalled being taken to Smelter mtn in our kindergarten class (1950), to watch the implosion of a huge “smoke stack”....he not only remembered, he explained why the stack was being imploded! Dale had the most “happy” eyes of anyone I’ve ever known, and, I am happy to call him one of my special childhood friends!
Jackie Paisley Tucker
Friend
February 11, 2021
Dad (Dale) was the best adopted father anyone could ever imagine. He took me in and showed love, honesty and guidance that I now pass on to my boys. I thank God for him. I am extremely blessed to have called him dad !
Momma I am so, so sorry I could not have been there to ...do something... anything! I love you and thank you for loving dad so much.
Jimmie Cothern
Family
January 23, 2021
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Randy L. Theriot
January 22, 2021
Dale and I have known each other since we were 5 yrs old, We went to school together. We hunted for years at the Theriot Ranch and fished the pine river since we were 10 years old. when I came to Durango we always got together, he was a life friend and will be missed.
Randy Theriot
January 21, 2021
Dale was a kind, funny and caring person. One of my daughter's favorite childhood memories is sitting with him on his porch swing while he smoked his pipe and told her jokes. She says the smell of pipe tobacco always reminds her of "summer and my friend Mr. Tingley"
Destiny and Alyssa
Friend
January 13, 2021
Dale was a good and loyal friend of the family for many years. RIP Dale.
Thomas Brewer
Friend
January 8, 2021
You’re a damn good man, Dale. Lynn, our sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Dav and Susan Armstrong
Davitt M. Armstrong
Friend
January 8, 2021
RIO my friend. Enjoyed knowing you and working with you at DPD! My thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and your children.
Dale Smith
January 8, 2021
We are so very sorry for your loss and will be keeping you all in our prayers. We love you.
Linda Taylor
January 8, 2021
Dale was a great hunting partner...good hunting Dale. Sympathy to family and friends.
Don Baker
Donald Baker
Friend
January 7, 2021
He was such an amazing man. He always treated me as part of his family. I will miss him so very much.
Dina Tingley
Daughter
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