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Dale Norman Turner

Sep. 23, 1948 - Jul. 23, 2022

Date of Service: Jul. 28, 2022

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JACKSON – Dale Norman Turner, a 73-year-old native of Declo, and currently a resident of the Jackson District in Cassia County, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Dale was born in Rupert, Idaho, on September 23, 1948, to Lovell James Turner and Beth Wood Turner. He was the incorrigible third child of five children growing up on a ranch along the Snake River. Dale’s motto was, “work hard and play harder.” This was seen through his love of farming, hunting, water skiing, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, white-water rafting and other thrill-seeking adventures. Dale was always looking for the next adventure regardless of the danger.

Dale went to Declo High School where he was known to bring a smile to everyone’s face through his creative jokes and goofing off. Dale wrestled and played football. He was also the instigator of mischief and many good times. In the seventh grade he met a spunky red head named Nilene Mitchell. Dale and Nilene’s friendship and love continued through high school, college and Dale’s church mission in Cincinnati, Ohio. On January 26, 1970, Dale and Nilene were married in the Salt Lake Temple.

In 1973, Dale and Nilene purchased a farm in the Jackson area where they raised their six raucous children; clearing sage brush, growing potatoes, grain, hay, milking cows, and teaching them the value of hard work. Dale grew up with his kids teaching them to work hard and play even harder. Dale always thought if a little was good, a lot more was better. Dale could captivate anyone through jokes, laugher, and always having fun. Dale never knew a stranger. His, “If it breaks, we can fix it.” - “How do you think this will work?” - “Want to try it again?” - and, “Did you learn anything?” - can now be seen in all of his children. Dale’s Christian love and acceptance for his children, family, and anyone he met – free of judgement – defined his character.

In 2009 Dale and his children suffered an unexpected loss when the heart of the family, Nilene, suddenly passed away. Dale spent the next few years learning how to live and blindly moving forward. After accepting a calling from the Church, he began working at the Bishop’s Storehouse. This calling led to Dale meeting Colleen Fredrickson, who sparked a new lease on life and many more adventures. Dale and Colleen were married on July 7, 2017, in the Twin Falls Idaho Temple. Dale and Colleen spent their time camping, side-by-side riding, working in the Twin Falls Temple, and just enjoying each other’s company.

Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Nilene Turner; his parents, Lovell and Beth Turner; and his brother, GarthTurner.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Turner; his children, Mike (Barbara) Turner of Declo, Daren (Jennie) Turner of Ogden, Utah, Mitchell (Lacy) Turner of Jackson, Lisa (Jeff) Simonic of Louisville, Kentucky, Jared (Melissa) Turner of Aberdeen, and Scott Turner and Brindy Hale of Declo; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and his siblings, Gary (Glena) Turner of Burley, Ron (Linda) Turner and Joye (John) Simpson both of Declo, Walter Rose of Declo, and Jack Rose of Heber City, Utah.

The family would like to expresses their appreciation to Suzanne Cook, Jennie Turner, and Joye Simpson for their dedication and loving care of Dale.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Declo Stake Center, located at 213 W. Main St., in Declo. Burial will follow at Declo Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, preceding the funeral service, at the stake center.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/0u-FG_fMiaQ.

Condolences for Dale Norman Turner

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From Silas and Gayla Cheney:
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We miss Dale and you Colleen at the Temple. He was always smiling! Beautiful funeral.
From Larry &Linda Mickelsen :
We are so sorry to hear about Brother Turner's passing. We'll always remember his great spirit and smile .
From Larry &Linda Mickelsen :
We are so sorry to hear about Brother Turner's passing. We'll always remember his great spirit and smile .
From Alp and Christy Kayabasi:
Jeff and Lisa,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
From Alp and Christy Kayabasi:
Jeff and Lisa,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
From John and Delia Valdez:
Turner family, we are so sorry for your loss. John and I have great memories of your dad. He was a great person.
From Carla Sydnor Woempner:
Dear Turners, having known Dale from almost the first minute I landed in Declo in 1981, working at the KOA, and then becoming neighbors, Dale was a one of a kind friend. He helped Chuck & I in so many ways over the years! Truly a great friend and good man. I wish I could be there to give you all a hug, I love my Turner family! My thoughts & prayers are with you all! Love, Carla
From Cindy Currier:
He was a bright light and always made me smile when going by the recommend desk. He will be greatly missed!
From Kevin & Irma Bushman:
Dale was just about the kindest, smartest and funniest guy I've ever known and I know there are many others who feel the same way as I do. He had a huge heart and made Irma and I feel so welcome in his home as did the entire family. He was just a great guy. Our condolences to the family. God bless.
From angelo stekardis:
Deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. You will surely carry on his lively spirit.
From Ragen and Kelsi Darrington:
A Great Man, who has left a rich posterity. Sending heartfelt condolences to all of you.
From Chris Pedley:
Lisa, Jeff and family - We are sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our prayers. He sounds like a wonderful person that anyone was blessed to have known.
From Susie Neibaur :
Colleen, I’m so very sorry for the loss of your sweet husband.
From Randy Hess:
Dale... the only big brother I ever had. He told me in 1977, " you have two years to serve a mission, and the rest of your life to think about it". Truer words have never been spoken. Banking with Dale in the basement taught me a lot of "one liners" that I pass on to my kids and grandkids. I'll miss you brother.
From Lottie Hurst :
He was a special friend ,through the years ,always a smile ,sending love and prayers at this time to all
From Lynda Will:
Lisa Jeff and Family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
From Tracy Roberts:
Jeff and Lisa,
You and your family are in my prayers at this sad time. My deepest sympathy over Dale's passing. In sympathy
From Shirley (Matthews)Pollock:
My thought and prayers go out to the entire family. Dale was a good guy.
From Laurel Harris:
Lisa and Jeff we are so sorry for your loss. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you our best.
From Beth, Doug, Hunter, & Ali Gosney:
Daren, Jennie, and all the Turner Family - We are so sorry for your family's loss. You all are in our prayers.
From Daren Turner:
Dale Turner
From Mel Darrington:
He can no longer say. Its better to be seen than to be viewed Dale was a great man and will be missed
From Dan and Byra Lou Darrington:
Dale was a fun fellow to be around. We are so sorry for your loss. His bright smile and laugh will be missed by all who knew him.
From Terri J Mcgraw:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Dale was a great friend to me for many years. I didn't know he had been sick. I chatted with him almost twice a week. He still had some funny sense of humor that he always. He was a wonderful Man he will be much missed. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.
From Chukwuemeka Osinachi Kingsley :
I am deeply deeply sad to learn of the passing away of dad, he was more than a father to me. Dad was the best man I have ever come in contact with, he lived a Christlike life and was in peace with all men. His charity life was across the globe. I knew he is not dead, he is already with the lord. Dad is happy where he is now. May the almighty God grant us all the heart to bear the passing of a man with the heart of Gold. Pls accept my heartfelt condolences and may God watches over the entire family. Amen.
From Tim and Jana Darrington:
Such a great guy! So sorry to learn of his passing. We send our condolences to his family.
From Lorna Rogers:
I am so sorry to learn of Dale's passing. I send my best to the family.

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