Dale H. Harper

Harper, Dale obit(April 23, 1924 – December 29, 2014)

Dale H Harper, age 90, passed away December 29, 2014, at the Ivins Veteran Home.  Dale was born in April 23, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Lester John Harper and Ida Ellen Jones.  His beloved wife Lorina Bay Harper lovingly attended to him for years, including providing tender care for him at the hospital and the Veteran’s Home.

Dale grew up in Southern California and enjoyed fishing, recreation and family.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and served as navigator and top turret gunner in B-17’s.  He flew bombing missions from North Africa and Italy before being shot down.  He spent the last part of the war as a POW and was moved from camp to camp towards Berlin as the Allies approached.  After the war, he re-enlisted for electronics training during the Korean War before joining the Air Force Reserves.  Dale earned his bachelor’s degree and spent many years teaching in schools in Idaho and Utah.

His loved camping in Yellowstone Park, traveling along the Oregon Coast, buying new cars, and building and selling new homes after the family finished the basement and put in the yard and fences.

Dale was preceded in death by his eternal wife Ruth Goulding Harper.  His other relatives include his wife Lorina, children Sandy Trujillo, Carl Harper, Wayne Harper, Diane Mochel, Sharon Jackman, Denise Harper Rodriguez, Jay Harper, 39 grand children, 46 great grandchildren, brother John Harper and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services

  • Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Meeting House on 320 North 3200 West, Hurricane, Utah.
  • A viewing will be held Friday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the chapel.
  • Burial and a graveside service will be held at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, 500 North Main Street, Pleasant Grove, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, telephone 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Dale’s online guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.


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