Dale Ballantyne was born May 3, 1943 in Oregon City, Oregon to Lee & Freeda Ballantyne. He attended Gladstone Grade School and graduated from West Linn High School in 1962. Dale spent most of his adult life in or around the Gladstone area.
Dale grew up in the Gladstone Baptist Church amidst his family and many dear, longtime friends, and was an active church member for nearly 50 years. He always loved children, especially younger children. In 1983 Dale became close to a family with 5 children who loved him all through their school years, and beyond. From that family Dale was introduced in 1996 to the police chaplaincy in both Clackamas and Washington Counties. He served in the chaplains’ office in Beaverton for several years. Being around the chaplains and police officers was a highlight in his adult life. Though later separated by long distance, his two chaplain pals, Stu and Russ, remained dear friends with Dale till his home-going.
Dale worked as a custodian for the State of Oregon, in the offices of the Liquor Control Commission for almost 20 years, prior to his retirement. While there, Dale was very proud that he won the award for creating a Safe Driving bumper sticker that said:
Oregon Needs You.
Don’t Drink and Drive.
Dale loved to travel, and made trips to Europe and Japan, as well as various places in the US. He loved photography and had volumes of photographs of his travels.
Dale met the love of his life and married Sandra Chaney on June 25, 2005. One of their favorite things to do was drive around the Portland area visiting various popular spots and enjoying each other’s company until Sandra suddenly passed away May 11, 2019.
Due to physical limitations, Dale could no longer drive, but he continued his adventures on his computer, doing research and studies on many places and subjects.
On May 23, 2023, Dale passed away at Providence Medical Center in Portland, due to long-standing heart issues. We take great comfort that Dale is in heaven with his Lord whom he loved so deeply and enjoying his reunion with the family and friends that have gone on before him.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Ballantyne; his brother, Don Ballantyne; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will have a private ceremony to celebrate Dale’s life.