Dale H Bennion, loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend died peacefully Sunday, August 31, 2008 of natural causes. Surrounded by his family, those who loved and cared for him, Dale passed away in a place he loved as well, the home and business he built more than 60 years ago at his property on State Street in South Salt Lake City, Utah.\n\nDale was a man of many talents, born July 13, 1915 in Taylorsville, Utah to Earl S. and Nellie Hayball Bennion. His early life was surrounded with agriculture, delivering milk in the early mornings with his dad, and picking and grading apples in his father’s orchard, one of the largest in the state at the time. One of six children; Jack, Ruth, Dale, Dorothy, Alfred and Beverly with their parents formed a close family that all worked together to create a humble but happy life in the rural countryside.\n\nFollowing graduation from Magna High School where he distinguished himself both academically as well as a pole vaulter on the track team, Dale traveled to Logan, Utah where he joined Sigma Chi fraternity and worked at a gas station to help pay for his education. He graduated from the agricultural college at Utah State University in 1937. Obtaining employment as a high school Ag teacher he spent a year teaching in Utah before moving to Santa Rosa, CA to continue his teaching career.\n\nWhile in California he met and married Marilyn Gilmore and they had 2 children. Dale loved teaching and while mentoring young high school students as the advisor of his future farmers group, he encountered an opportunity that led to his next profession as a businessman in the poultry industry. As an entrepreneur, Dale excelled creating a thriving business with his brother Alfred following World War II. They returned to Utah and obtained property in the central part of the Salt Lake Valley and built a poultry hatchery in 1947. For the next 40 years, brothers; Dale and Alfred Bennion operated the Aladale Hatchery on State Street, employing hundreds and touching the lives of countless numbers in Utah and the intermountain region.\n\nIn 1952, Dale met and married Aveline Bohman. Together they had one son and the couple lived together at their property in South Salt Lake for over 55 years until her death in 2007. As a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he devoted a great deal of time in service to others in the church and the community. He served in many callings within the church including briefly as Bishop of the Valley Center 2nd Ward, but probably most enjoyed his role as a teacher, in the High Priests Quorum.\n\nDale is survived by his son, Jerry (Verna) Bennion; daughter, Suzanne Parsons; son, Al D. (Suzy) Bennion, 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, his brother, Alfred H. (Doris) and sister Beverly McDonald. Many thanks, for the loving care of family and friends, and kindness given to Dale during the final 2 years of his life. Also a special thanks to the caregivers from Life Path Hospice, and particularly his wonderful granddaughter Linda, as well as others who treated Dale so kindly.\n\nDale was a hard working, loving father who shared his kindness and generosity freely to his family whenever he could, and he’ll be missed by all of us. He wanted to be remembered as a “Mormon Boy”, teacher, farmer and builder. \n\nFuneral services will be held Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street in Murray. A viewing will be held at the mortuary on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Interment at Holladay Memorial Park.