Dal DeSpain was born on November 17, 1957, to Dean and Rosalie DeSpain in Safford, Arizona. He was the 4th of 6 children, enjoying a loving upbringing. Dal was athletic and outgoing, participating in sports throughout school and playing football for Safford High. After graduation, he moved to California for a few years to see the world. He ultimately returned home to Safford and enrolled in Eastern Arizona College, earning an EMT Certificate in 1985, then his Associate of Arts Degree in 1987.
Following this, Dal moved to Tucson, and began work with Kords Ambulance Service, where he spent many night shifts helping others selflessly. He began a relationship with Carol Isaacson and married her on October 22, 1988. Together they raised 4 daughters during their marriage.
Through his life, Dal was an EMT, an exterminator, a tow truck driver, and a merchandiser. He took to every job with devotion, strong work ethic, and plenty of sweat equity. He enjoyed movies very much and was especially fond of war movies and science fiction titles. He had a great love of hunting and the great outdoors, taking the family on nature focused trips as often as possible.
Dal was called back home May 25, 2018, in the peace and comfort of his family home in Safford, at the age of 60.
Dal is survived by: his sisters, Janie Haller of Thatcher, Tawna DeSpain of Safford; his brother, McKay DeSpain of Thatcher; his daughters, Amber Isaacson, Kirsten DeSpain, Breanna DeSpain and Kerri DeSpain, all of Tucson; grandchildren, William Isaacson and Chloe Isaacson of Tucson; and many beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins.
He reunites with beloved family that has passed on before: parents, Dean and Rosalie DeSpain; sister, Lydia Frazier; brother, Gary DeSpain; and brother-in-law, Ric Haller. He was loved dearly and will be missed by his family and friends for all their days.
A Celebration of Dal’s Life will be conducted Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Safford LDS Twentieth Street Chapel by Bishop Aaron Huntsman of the Safford 2nd Ward.
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Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.