Dale Brian Carr of Pendleton, Oregon was born on September 1, 1956 in The Dalles, Oregon to the parents of Wayne Edgar Carr and Elizabeth (Betty) Jane (Huxel) Carr. Dale was raised on a dryland wheat and cattle ranch about 20 miles south of Arlington, Oregon. Dale was the second of two sons raised by Wayne & Betty Carr. Dale and his older brother Wayne Edgar Carr Jr. (Chip) both grew up and worked on the Dave Lemon Ranch on Bottimiller Road. Dale attended school in Arlington and met his wife of 44 years at Arlington High School. Dale married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Ann Grubaugh on June 30, 1976 and the couple lived near the store at Olex for the first two years of their marriage. Dale worked on the Lemon Ranch from an early age doing everything from hoeing weeds and pulling rye when he was old enough to barely see over the wheat, to driving truck, operating the combine, cat and other farm equipment. Dale also worked construction for SimTag Farms driving fuel truck and operating scrapers to level the irrigation circles in the Boardman area for center pivot irrigation projects. Dale and Peggy were blessed with their one and only child, a daughter, Audrey Ann Carr on December 7, 1977. The family moved to Hermiston where Dale worked in the cabinetry department at Marlette before Dale landed his dream job. Dale always wanted to work in a wrecking yard so he inquired about work at Lindell’s Auto Salvage in Pendleton, Oregon and started work there in March of 1978. He worked at Lindell’s until 1986 and then worked at J & M Towing and Wrecking across town until 1994.
The family moved several times around the Pendleton area before settling in the Helix School District about 10 miles from town in an old farm house on dryland wheat ground owned by Barbara Ogle. The couple’s daughter, Audrey, graduated from Griswold High School with honors in 1996, was married in 2002 and delighted her parents with a grandson, Cadney Rien Bacon on September 8, 2004. Dale and Peggy attended all of Audrey’s sports & school activities throughout her school career and continue to support and attend Cadney’s activities as well. Dale was very proud of all Audrey’s accomplishments from sports in high school to her abilities as a mother in raising his grandson. Audrey and Cadney were truly Dale’s pride and joy!!
Dale was an avid car enthusiast - he loved to drive and drive fast! The couple always drove on weekends to wherever they could go in two days. Always going somewhere different. They had seen a lot of sites over the years. Driving was Dale’s passion.
Dale could fix anything. You could find him in the shop most any day tinkering with something. If he needed a part or a tool for a project he was working on and he didn’t have what he needed, he would make it. Dale completely fabricated a new door handle for his 1990 Toyota pickup from a piece of metal. It is unlikely anyone would know that it wasn’t the factory handle if they were not told it was metal and not some plastic composite. Dale would always laugh remembering a letter his wife wrote to Nissan when the electric window regulator broke in their Pathfinder when vacationing through Yellowstone Park. Dale was a MacGyver for any situation, but that window regulator fix was a true “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” creation.
Dale enjoyed helping others and could be found helping someone with a car issue or a flat tire or even taking care of the neighbors lawn mowing & weed control when there was a need. Dale also had a sense of humor that was second to none. He took pleasure in making someone laugh even if it was at his expense.
Dale Brian Carr, the love of her life, father of their daughter, grandfather of their grandson and the most amazing man anyone could imagine was taken by the LORD suddenly on July 28, 2020. After years of struggling with health issues from diabetes and heart disease, amputation of his leg below the knee and most recently recovering from a 4-wheeler accident where he broke his neck, ribs, pelvis, had a torn spleen and multiple head injuries compounded with a concussion; the love of her life was gone, but his memory will live on in her heart FOREVER!
In lieu of flowers, Dale’s family has requested that contributions be made in Memory of Dale Brian Carr to the Ukiah Trap Shooting Team at Ukiah School District, Attention: Audrey Durfey, P.O. Box 218, Ukiah, OR 97880
A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at Skyview Memorial Park, Pendleton, Oregon.
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