July 15, 1918 - Dec. 14, 2011
Alvin Dale Hutchens passed away on Dec. 14, 2011, at the Booker Rest Home in Dayton. He was 93 years old. Dale was born on July 15, 1918, near Starbuck to Chester and Lila (Frost) Hutchens. He grew up in the Eckler Mountain area on a farm bordering the upper reaches of the South Patit. He attended the Grupe School on Eckler Mountain and graduated from Dayton High School in 1935. Following his graduation he worked for several years at the Columbia National Bank in Dayton.
In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp and was stationed at Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis. While there he met his wife, Dorothy Callanan, and the two were wed on Feb. 6, 1943. Following the end of World War II, Dale and Dorothy remained in St. Louis, where their daughter, Dolores, and son, Bob, were born. In 1950, he and his family moved to Walla Walla, where he worked at the Seattle First National Bank. In 1952, the family moved to the "home place" in the Willow Creek area in Columbia County. There he lived and farmed for over 50 years. In addition to farming, Dale worked as an accountant for the Columbia County Grain Growers from 1965 to 1974.
During the course of his years Dale served his community through involvement in agricultural organizations, but he was also dedicated to the Dayton Health Care System, serving on its board of directors from 1974 to 1987. He was a volunteer fireman and secretary to Columbia County Fire District 3 board of commissioners. He was also
active in the Dayton United Methodist Church. In 2004, he was named grand marshal of the Dayton Alumni Parade. Dale was known for his thorough analysis of situations and his common-sense approach to solving problems.
Dale loved farming and continued to show an interest in the farming operation long after retirement. He also loved watching basketball and traveled many miles to watch first his son, Bob, and then his grandsons, Will and Clay, play the game.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; and a brother, Lloyd. He is survived by his son, Bob (Anita) of Dayton; daughter, Dolores (Elmer) Cole of Everett; grandsons, Will (Shayna) and Clay (Rachel) Hutchens and Jeff Cole; great-grandchildren, Miriam, Kellen, Lila and Denver.
A memorial service will be held at the Dayton United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, following a private internment.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton United Methodist Church, Dayton Young Life, the Christian Aid Center of Walla Walla, or a charity of the donor's choice through Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home.