Our incredible father, Dale Andrew Lopez, was called home into the loving arms of his Savior on the morning of July 2, 2021. He was 65 and a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, godfather, uncle, brother and friend. His impact was big and his absence will be felt by so many.
Dad was born October 16,1955, to Anthony (Tony) and Constance (Connie) Lopez in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He spent much of his childhood in Ogden, Utah and attended Ben Lomond High School. He married our beautiful mother, Victoria, in 1978 and they enjoyed 42 years of a loving marriage together. He was a longtime resident of South Weber.
Our dad worked at Western Zirconium for his entire career, working his way up from being a production worker in 1981 to a manager when he retired in 2018. He studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix and proudly earned his associates degree. His work ethic was next to none; he was a man who paid great attention to detail and took a lot of pride in a job well done. Dad retired three years ago and we are so grateful he was able to spend the last three years of his life enjoying time with his family and doing the things he loved.
He is survived by his wife and our mother, Victoria; his five children Shevon (John), Melissa (Braden), Alicia (Ryan), Alexis, and Michael (Justess); ten grandchildren whom he cherished; his mother, two brothers, one sister, and countless nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his dad and older brother.
Our dad lived a beautiful life. He was an avid Jazz, Raiders and A’s fan and absolutely loved riding his Harley through the canyon and attending every single event in which his grandchildren participated. He had a passion for muscle cars and relished his time as the owner of his dream car, a ‘71 Barracuda, calling himself “CudaDale” in his email. He loved music and singing and some of our most precious memories include him in our home with his karaoke machine, singing to us and with us, or outside shooting free throws and playing catch, competing to see who could do it best. He was joy and light and his smile was so bright. We had the best-looking dad who smelled wonderfully of soap, cologne and listerine. He had a full head of gorgeous black hair, spotless white Reeboks and was the tidiest man we knew. Everything he did, he did perfectly. In our world, the grass was never greener on the other side. It was greenest at our home, where our dad took meticulous care of his yard. He built us such a fantastic life for which we are incredibly grateful.
Our dad was both tender hearted and fierce. He was our protector, and we could count on him for anything. He also was unabashedly sensitive and would overflow with emotion, unashamed to cry. Our dad was not just a father to us, he was a father to many. He loved our spouses as his own children, and he took on a father role for many in his life including his adored godsons and nephews. He was just so full of love, and he took joy in loving others. Our dad was extremely thoughtful and wrote us all the most beautiful cards, marking each envelope S.W.A.K. (sealed with a kiss) for as long as we can remember. He was the epitome of corny dad jokes, just like his own dad, and a moment with him always included laughter. His grandchildren’s’ faces would light up anytime he was near and he delighted in spending time with them. Although our dad was incredibly humble about his own accomplishments, we never questioned the pride he took in us. He made the tremendous love he had for all of us so evident, never passing up the chance to tell us how much we were loved.
If we were to use one word to sum up our father, it would be devoted. He was devoted in all that he did, whether it be the way he cared for his lawn to his work ethic, to the way he loved his people and family. He called our mom, Queen Victoria, and treated her as such. Their love was both beautiful and fun; they enjoyed so much laughter together. Since his own father’s passing last year, he called his mother each night to say their prayers together. He was a devoted son and loved the people in his life so tenderly.
But above all else was his devotion to God. Our dad loved Jesus wholeheartedly, a man after God’s own heart. His relationship with his Savior was transformational in his life and he spent his last thirty years overflowing with God’s love, sharing it with all he knew. He was especially passionate about leading other men to Christ and felt called to do so, leading others to Christ through the love and humility he displayed. He enjoyed worship music and praising God and instilled that love into his children as well. To anyone who knew him, it was immensely clear that he was a man of God.
Our hearts are broken that we had to lose our father much sooner than we ever expected, but we know that he would want us to rejoice in his life, rejoice in the beauty of God’s love and rejoice in the knowledge that he ran into the arms of his Savior, singing and dancing and forever watching over us. Our dad would always tell us how he adored us and that he was a “blessed man” to have received this life. Sweet Dad, it is we who are blessed to have been the recipients of your incredible love. We will carry it in our hearts forever.
There will be a private family viewing.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Washington Heights, his home church, on Friday, July 9 at 5:00 p.m. Please feel free to join us in celebrating the remarkable life of our beloved father, Dale Andrew Lopez.