Gene Wray Dalton, passed away peacefully at his home on January 7, 1997.
He was born July 24, 1928 in Pocatello, Idaho, a beloved son of Dell Moroni and Rachel Wray Dalton. A 1946 graduate of Pocatello High School, Gene served an LDS Mission in the Central States and returned to earn a Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1952.He worked briefly as an accountant, then taught accounting at Idaho State University before joining the Air Force in 1955. While in the ROTC he earned a Master's in Marketing from Brigham Young University and became a pilot and flight instructor. More significantly, he flew an Air Force plane from Texas to BYU Homecoming, where he met his bride, Bonnie LaRae Berrett whom he wed in the Idaho Falls Temple, August 7, 1957.
Gene's quest for learning next took him to Harvard University where he earned a Doctor of Business Administration in 1962 and became a Professor of Organizational Behavior. In 1972, Gene was invited to help start the Organizational Behavioral Department at BYU. His reputation and judgment were pivotal in building a quality program that has achieved national and international standing. While at BYU, he also co-founded Novations Group Inc., a management consulting firm.
As a scholar, Gene was respected and prolific. His publications include numerous books and articles that have made lasting contributions in the field of Organizational Behavior. His colleagues remember him as a skilled, caring mentor and counselor to students and faculty alike. Always generous with his time, influence and money, he was a force for good in the lives of countless people.
The largest beneficiaries of his talents and energies were his wife and eight daughters (and six sons-in-law and 14 grandchildren), whom he considered his greatest treasure and most fascinating vocation. He loved hiking, reading, investing, taking grandkids to BYU basketball games, traveling with his wife and daughters and counseling his sons-in-law on their careers.
His church service included callings from scoutmaster to stake president, but what he most enjoyed was teaching the High Priest group.
He was principled in every aspect of his life. All who knew him were struck by his brilliance, wit, faith, love and humility.
He is survived by his wife; eight daughters: Denise Barnett (Brent), Carrie Sandholtz (Kurt), Sara Dalton (Stuart), Beth Tueller (Jim), Rachel Knudson (Garth), Josie Dalton Esplin (Todd), Louisa Wray Dalton and Jennie Rae Dalton; sisters, Dona Judd of Pocatello, Idaho; Delma Dunn of Orem; Lois Parsley of Pocatello, Idaho; and brother, Merl of Lewiston, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 11, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 E. North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Friday, Jan. 10th from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 11th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Oak Hills Stake Center. Interment at East Lawn Memorial Hills, 4800 No. 650 East, Provo.
In lieu of flowers, Bonnie suggests contributions be made to the Gene Dalton Scholarship Fund, c/o Office of the Dean, Marriott School of Management, BYU.
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