Former Salida resident Dale Glenn England, 75, died June 7, 2019, at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

He was born Aug. 19, 1943, in Lamar to Jack and Velma England.

Mr. England was the first of three generations of Marines, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961-1964. He was always proud of his service.

Family and friends said he touched many lives in Salida during a 30-year teaching career at Kesner Junior High School.

Mr. England taught seventh-grade language arts and eighth-grade geography. He also coached junior high boys’ track and Salida High School football for more than 20 years.

Friends said he was known for his wit.

Mr. England was an avid four-wheeler and spent much of his spare time driving backwoods Jeep trails in the Colorado high country.

His love for the outdoors led him to climb more than half of Colorado’s fourteeners.

Mr. England enjoyed Southern gospel music and worked to bring many groups to Salida to perform at Temple Baptist Church, where he was a member for more than 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Lucy England; children, Cayl (Cheryl) England, Bricia Patterson and Kimmy Middleton; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Vickie (Greg) Strong, Kurt (Paula) England, Debbie England and Doug (Linda) England; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at stjude.org/donate.

Arrangements are with Hamilton-O’Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo.

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