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Warner "Dale" Carr, Jr
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Dale Carr passed away peacefully Friday, September 15, 2017 at his home, with his loving family at his side. He was 85 years old. This unique gentleman will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and all whom he touched.

In his 85-year journey on this earth, he lived a full and varied life. He was born May 4, 1932 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Dale worked on his uncle’s farm as a ranch hand and cowboy at the young age of 15. He graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1951, in Klamath Falls, Ore. While in high school he competed in athletics as the point guard on the basketball team and quarterback on the football team. Often referred to as “the boy with the educated toe,” Dale was a very accurate placekicker on the football team, as well as a respected team leader. In high school, he was president of Student Builders, a member of the “K” Club, and of the Naval Reserve. He was voted “The Typical Boy” in his senior year. It was there he met the love of his life, Patsy Young and married after one year at Southern Oregon College, where he played football his freshman year. He served his country, joining the U.S. Navy as a flight instructor and ran a Link Trainer. He was stationed at Norman, Oklahoma and Memphis, Tennessee. After his naval service, he and Patsy, and daughter, Debbie, moved back to Klamath Falls where his son, Mike was later born. In 1963, he moved the family to Medford, where he worked in the glass business at Padgem Glass, was the manager of Kar Glass, and the general manager of Selby Glass. After Selby, he started his own glass business (Dale Carr Glass) at the age of 50, where he and Patsy built a very successful business based on customer service, loyalty, quality workmanship, and close relationships with his clients. He retired at the age of 65. It was in 1967, when Dale and Milo Patino started the Little League Baseball organization in the Rogue Valley. He talked KOGAP Logging Company into clearing off a log deck for the first organized baseball fields in Medford. He took a bunch of young athletes who didn’t mind getting strawberries when they slid on that hard and rocky surface and helped prepare the initial groups of kids for a successful run all the way through American Legion Baseball-Medford Mustangs.

Dale loved his family more than ANYTHING in the world! The family vacations to Disneyland, the family camping trips, teaching his kids how to fish, and the Palm Springs and Hawaii trips he took with Patsy and the kids. He followed his daughter Debbie to every game where she was a cheerleader. He was an avid baseball fan watching almost every game his son Mike played in, from Little League and Babe Ruth (as a coach) through American Legion and University of Oregon. He was a VERY active part of his kids’ lives, always instilling love, family devotion, accountability, high values, and a work ethic that was second to none. His hobbies included golf (a passion he took on late in life), gardening, stained-glass art, feeding the birds in the backyard, and proudly caring for the family home. He was a true craftsman. Dale was a Kiwanis Club member and an AVID Oregon DUCK fan, going to football games and watching baseball games in The Duck Blind Baseball Suite. Dale will be remembered by all as a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and a contagious smile. He was one of the good guys. We are assured he is resting in Heaven where we will all see him again.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Patsy Carr; daughter, Debbie Carr of Medford; son, Michael Carr and daughter-in-law, Cindy Carr of Eugene; and his grandchildren, Kristen Carr of Eugene and Ryan Carr of Sacramento.

A celebration of life reception will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, a check made out to Medford National Little League (MNLL) may be mailed to MNLL, PO Box #1, Medford, OR 97501 or walk into any Banner Bank branch from Eugene to Ashland and make a donation to “Medford National Little League in memory of Dale Carr.”

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