Dale Willard


March 7, 1938 – June 6, 2019

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Dale Charles Willard, 81 died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Dale was born in Walters, Oklahoma, March 7, 1938 to Jack and Thelma Willard.

He graduated from Walters High School in 1955 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1959. He taught high school in Noble, Oklahoma and after moving to Boulder, he taught a Broomfield High School in the 1960’s. He served in the United States Army and the Army Reserves from 1961-1967.

He left teaching to work for Thorne Films in Boulder where he produced and directed educational films. He published two works of fiction – My Son, My Brother, My Friend (Intervarsity Press, 1978) and The Linnet’s Tale (Simon & Schuster, 2002). Dale was also an inventor and worked on a number of innovative designs and products as the co-founder of Halleck-Willard, Inc. in Frederick, Colorado.

Above all else, Dale was a passionate Christian. He and his wife Myra were founding members of Boulder-Longmont Christian Fellowship and spent their lives sharing their vibrant faith.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Myra Elaine (Jenkins) Willard; daughter, Stephanie, and her husband Christopher Burrow, daughter, Cecily; son Cameron, his wife Mara, and their son Noah. Dale and Myra’s fourth child Stuart, died in 2000.

The burial was held at Broomfield Commons Cemetery on Wednesday, June 12th at 10:00 am. A memorial celebration of his life was held at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder on Tuesday, June 18th at 10:00 am.