Dale Goude Malmrose was born August 8, 1927 in Brigham City, Utah, to loving parents, Hyrum Alfred Malmose and Merle Catherine Carmen Goude Malmrose. Dale was number 4 of 6 children. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong testimony of his Savior and the Gospel. He read the scriptures often and even took a small Book of Mormon in his lunch pail to read during lunch at work. In his last testimony, Dale emphasized we should all live the Commandments. He served in various positions in the church and was a great servant of the Lord and a great example of a Latter-day Saint.
The Malmrose family home in Brigham City contained a large property where there were many fruit trees. The family all worked the farm and harvested the delicious cherries, peaches, apricots, hycots (hybrid of peach and apricot and named after Hyrum), and other fruits which were loaded in containers and sold to surrounding areas.
At a young age, Dale contracted rheumatic fever, a disease which resulted in him having a heart murmur and asthma. Having the murmur and asthma added caution to the wind but that did not stop him from enjoying life, including playing basketball, skiing, ice skating, sledding, softball, hiking in the mountains by his home, acting in school plays and playing various instruments including piano, drums, saxophone, and harmonica. In elementary, Dale acted as the “bridegroom” in the school play, “Wedding of the Flowers”, with his brother Ray and sister Carmen as well as Boyd Packer (who was a former president of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church). As the “bridegroom”, Dale would blush as he retold of his embarrassment the young elementary school actor had to “kiss the bride”, which he did not want to do. During junior high and high school, Dale could be found singing in choirs, performing in the marching band for Brigham City’s Peach Days Parade, playing in a dance band group, and performing in a harmonica group at various events. He even drove an ice-cream truck. He helped his dad deliver their fruit to various town and cities to sell. He became a super tree climber as he would climb up to pick fruit from the tops of the tall cherry trees.
Directly after high school, Dale joined the Navy, to avoid being drafted to the Army and to willingly defend his country. WWII had just ended when he joined so he was assigned to help retired WWII ships traveling between California, where the ships were picked up, and transported to South Carolina, their final destination, via the Panama Canal. Gaining an honorable and sober reputation amongst his peers and his captain because of his LDS faith, he recounts an occasion where he was entrusted to steer the ship through a mine field and, with pride, he tells of how he was able to successfully guide the ship and crew through the mine field without incident. Dale also told of how he and his buddy stayed on deck during a severe storm where the ship was being tossed back and forth. The two sailors would run from side to side as the ship would roll back and forth through the giant waves which often threw water over the top of the ship. After a while of running on deck, Dale finally told his buddy they better get below before they either got washed overboard or got caught by the captain! Love of country, willingness to serve, and great respect for all is why he is part of the “Greatest Generation”.
Dale attended Salt Lake Community College (TradeTech) where he received his machinist degree. He had various jobs working to provide for his family as vacuum cleaner salesman, at Frito-Lay Company, AJAX Corporation, Overhead Doors, and Varian. He loved bowling and was on a company bowling league bringing home several trophies earned while competing against other teams.
Dale met his eternal companion, Bonnie Jean Simons, on a blind date. They were soon married on April 26,1954, in Elko, Nevada and were sealed for all eternity the following year in the Salt Lake City Temple on May 3, 1955. From then on, they were “Team Bonnie and Dale” and became inseparable. Being united in marriage, they also became united in music where Bonnie and Dale formed the band “Bonnie and the Boys” featuring Bonnie on saxophone with Dale keeping rhythm on the drums.
Dale and Bonnie passed on their athletic and musical talents to their seven children, Diana, Cary, Jeannie, Paul, Deniece, Si, and Julianna (which Bonnie will eagerly take sole credit for). As their children grew, they formed the vocal group “Malmrose Melodians” and performed on the Eugene Jelesnik show, at several senior centers, for church events, and various venues as far away as California and Washington. They encouraged and supported their children through all their endeavors including music, acting, sports, missions, and marriages. They continued to show love and support to their 25 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren. One of the highlights of their life was when they were guest singers with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, singing with their son, Cary and daughter, Jeannie who were members of the choir. Family was everything to them and hardly a performance or game was missed. Birthdays and Christmas were never missed, and all looked forward to receiving either a birthday card or Christmas card each year in the mail, written by Bonnie, and edited by Dale.
Bonnie and Dale loved their family and friends and would often host parties, gatherings, and reunions, as well as do surprise visits to check up on them (which was not a favorite of some of the grandchildren who hadn’t cleaned their rooms). One of Dale’s favorite family gatherings was on New Year’s Day morning where everyone was expected to meet, bright-eyed, for bowling and pizza. Dale loved to showcase his bowling skills, one strike after another.
Dale had a love for old movies, jazz and 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s music and was very particular about his yard, growing beautiful flowers and fruits and vegetables. He loved playing his jazz records and dancing with his little ones standing on his feet or swinging them around on his strong arms. During summers, Dale enjoyed a good competition outdoors, including showing off his trick shots on the basketball court, swimming and playing water volleyball with the entire family in their pool, and barbecuing up tasty hamburgers and hotdogs. During winters, Dale turned the basketball court into an ice-skating rink and parties moved indoors where there was barely a spot to stand. Everyone knew the rules of 1) no touching his pin ball machine, tinker toy set, or pool table; 2) no eating his shredded wheat; and 3) no peeing in pushing off the side of the pool. He was a very good handyman and was constantly working around the house, yard, or repairing cars just like he did with his dad. He always left room to sit with his sweetheart for a peaceful swing in the back yard and at night, a bowl of ice cream and a coke just before bed. He exemplified what it means to sacrifice and work hard for his family.
Team Bonnie and Dale were the perfect duo and their love for one-another was undeniable. She was the chatterbox, on the go and he, the silent supporter. Whatever Bonnie dreamed up, Dale was right there supporting her and making it happen, whether he agreed with it or not which included going to presentations so they could win a free trip somewhere, taking trips to the south, going on cruises, traveling to visit relatives with 7 kids (two of which had to travel with their heads out the windows to avoid getting car sick). He may not have been the loudest of the bunch, but he was always quick to throw a goofy face or make a comedic comment (in the words of Bonnie, “Oh, Dale!”). On one occasion, while visiting a mall in Las Vegas with their young granddaughter, Bonnie talked her into put her face in a cardboard cutout of a mature woman wearing a bathing suit, got a picture taken and had it printed on a t-shirt which Dale wore proudly through the mall. They both got a ‘kick’ out of the looks and whistles that picture got from some of the male passersby at the mall. Originally as a joke, they held on to that shirt to remind them of the good times they had. Dale became the protector, even putting himself in harm’s way to scare away the many bees at pool parties, knowing he was allergic to stings or being the first person on the inner-tube with several of his kids piled on top and flying down the snow covered tubbing hills crashing at the bottom where he would end up with cracked ribs. For those lucky enough to have one-on-one time with him, whether it be playing games or sitting down for a chat in his swing, they know what a fun-loving person he truly was.
No husband has had greater love and respect for his wife than Dale had for Bonnie always being the gentleman and opening and closing the doors for Bonnie, supporting her in their many adventures, and honoring her as his eternal bride and queen.
Dale is now with his beloved Bonnie who, when recently asked if he knew who Bonnie Jean was, stated, “I only know one Bonnie Jean, who is the most wonderful, beautiful, and loving person I know.” Now they are together, forever as they reunite in the heavens being welcomed with open arms by family, friends, and by our Heavenly Father. Together they will be watching over their family and friends as our guardian angles, and, if we listen closely, we can hear the laughter and music.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents; wife (Bonnie); siblings: Carmen Lipp, Eldon Malmrose, Ray Malmrose, & Donald Malmrose; son Van Dale Malmrose, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Survived by his beloved brother, David Lamont Malmrose; his beloved children; Linda Folgeson (Dave), Diana Lynn Littlewood (Brent), Dale Cary Malmrose (Julie), Fredda Jean “Jeannie” Perrington (Robert), Deniece Karen Barking (Frank), Paul Michael Malmrose (Janalee), Julianna McAloon (John), Earl Hyrum “Si” Malmrose (Sandra); twenty-five grandchildren and fifty-two great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Viewing will be held April 7, 2023, from 12:30pm – 1:45pm, followed by the funeral services at 2pm. Services and interment will be at the Memorial Mountain View Mortuary, 3115 E 7800 S, Cottonwood Heights, UTService Information
Viewing April 7, 2023 at 1:30pm
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April 7, 2023 at 2:00pm
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