Dale Coles

Dale A. Coles

Moro, Ore.

March 8, 1939 - January 6, 2014

Dale A. Coles passed away on January 6, 2014, at the age of 74.
He was born March 8, 1939 in Baker, Oregon. Dale graduated from Elgin High School and attended Eastern Oregon University where he earned his teaching degree and went on to obtain his Masters through the University of Oregon.
Dale taught school at Dry Hollow and the Sherman County School District. He was the Principal and Superintendent for schools in Sherman County and Gilliam County. He was also the Superintendent of the Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler Counties Educational Services District.
Dale was appointed by Gov. Vic Atiyeh to the State Teachers Standards & Practices Commission, he served on the Oregon School Counselors Association, and as City Council he helped design the picture retaining wall located in the Moro City Park.
Dale was an active member of the Mid-Columbia Car Club. His passion was to watch his kids and grandkids participate in activities and showing his classic cars.
Dale is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Coles; sister, Darlene Gilstrap, Walla Walla, WA; son, Todd Coles and his wife, España, Biggs, OR, and their children, Isaiah, Keenan, Marilyn, and Alejandro; son, Mark Coles and his wife, Becky, Moro, OR, and their children, Nick, Sabella, Patty, and Alexis, and their grandson, Aiden.
A celebration of Dale’s life is planned for Sunday, January 12th at 1:00 p.m. at the Sherman County Jr./Sr. High School.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made to the Sherman County Scholarship Association.

Services for Dale A. Coles


bbearls 5 years ago

I can't conceive not having Dale around. In our time together in the MId-Columbia Car Club, I've come to regard Dale as my closest friend in the area. We didn't "hang out" together too much, but I enjoyed immensely our time together. We were like-minded in most aspects and I treasured his calm assessments of events and his quiet, subdued sense of humor. I'm going to miss seeing him drive the little Chevy pickup across the bridge while I'm in the middle of Water Aerobics at Watersedge. Even though the car club table at Mike's Bakitchen was full yesterday morning when we gathered for coffee, there was a huge hole there without Dale. Bonnie and I want Joan and the rest of the family to know that we're here if they need us...for ANYTHING! We're gonna miss you, Dale.


Franyuhas 5 years ago

So sorry to hear of this. He was such a vibrant fellow;I will miss him


Concerned1 5 years ago

So sorry, as well, to hear this news. I just spent a morning at a local tire store with Dale chatting about life, some interesting ideas and routine stuff. It was only a couple of weeks ago. He was such a joy that morning. We had a great exchange of interesting ideas, as was classic 'Dale' stuff. To the family, God Bless each of you with your loss. I, too, will miss Dale.

Terry Turner


blanchro 5 years ago

I have known Dale for years as we graduated from high school together, later went to college together and both ended up in education. His passing is definitely A surprise and one that hits very close to home.

I wish his family the best in A most difficult time. Words cannot describe A life like the one Dale had. He truly will be missed by all that knew him. Bob Blanchard


joeyalsup 5 years ago

R.I.P. Mr. Coles, When I herd the new of Dales passing my child hood just flashed in my eyes. This man did so much for me, and I'm not sure that I ever thanked him. Joan, Todd, and Rook, thinking of you, and he is a good man. I say Thank You all for being a part of my life. Joey


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