Memorial service is April 7 in Crookston.

Mark Elliot Dale, age 57, Tempe, Arizona, formerly of Crookston, died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home in Tempe. 

    Mark was born on November 27, 1955 in Crookston, Minnesota, son of Chester and Josephine (Demarais) Dale. At the age of one, after the death of his mother he moved in with his Uncle Raymond and Aunt Alice Dale who then raised him. He grew up in Crookston and graduated from Central High School. He worked for D&B Furnishings for many years, before moving to Arizona thirty years ago.          He worked as a jack of all trades and also followed the rodeo circuit, riding bulls breaking many bones. He owned his own record company, Laurel-Mark Records and recorded a record, “Santa, He’s A Cowboy” and "The Silent Sound of A Whisper" and wrote many other songs.     Mark was definitely a cowboy.  Most recently, he owned and operated a lawn service.

    Mark is survived by his daughter: Chelsea (Daniel) Schmidt of Judsonia, Arkansas; his son: Rob (Sarah) Dale of Johnston, Iowa; three grandchildren: Weslee, Dani-Lynn and Emily; three sisters: Joey (Marlin) Schweich of Hermann, MO, Carol Dale of Minneapolis, and Karen (Mark) Dahl of Valrico, Florida: his aunt: Alice Dale of Crookston; and her children: Susan (Dennis) Larson of Maple Grove, Raymond (Sharon) Dale of Woodbury, Mary (Clayton) Briggs of Crookston, Greg (Edna) Dale of Wichita, KS, Pam Dale of Grand Fork, Richard (Brenda) Dale of Crookston, Ronald Dale of Crookston and David (Brenda) Dale of Fargo.  He was preceded in death by his parents: Chester & Josephine; his uncle: Raymond; and a niece.

    The memorial service for Mark Dale will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7th at Our Saviors Church, Crookston, Minnesota, with visitation for one hour before services at the church.

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