Dale Thomas Hogg, 83, of Meridian, Idaho, passed away October 8, 2018, after a long battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and a short battle with leukemia.
Gale is survived by six of his eight children, David (Sharon) Hogg, LeeAnn Hansen, Thomas Lynn (Candie) Hogg, Eric (Susan) Hogg, Shellie (Sheldon) Harding, and Shawna (Brandon) Harvey. He is also survived by his brothers Carl (Carol) Hogg and Paul (LuAnn) Hogg and his sisters Janice (Jerry) Rowlan, Alice (Don) Jewell, and Marilyn (John) Neiwert. Gale was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Evaleen Neilsen Hogg, daughters Sheri Hogg and Kathleen Tackett, and his brother Neal Hogg. Gale and Evaleen were proud grandparents to 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Gale was born in April 1935 in Burley, Idaho, to Ray and Agnes Hogg. He grew up working with his family on the farm, where he learned a great work ethic, a love of animals, and many skills he would use throughout his life. Gale graduated from Burley High School in 1953 and went to work at a feed store, running a bulldozer out in the desert and surveying. A life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was called on a mission to the Central States mission in 1955 serving in Colorado and Nebraska. He discovered that proselyting could be more efficient if the elders had a car so, with the mission president's permission, he bought a car with his savings. At the end of his two years, he drove himself back to Idaho.
Gale enrolled in Ricks College (now BYU Idaho) in the fall of 1957. He worked on campus facilities maintenance, and when he wasn't clearing drains, he made himself popular with the young ladies on campus, including Evaleen. Evaleen gave him dirty looks when he flirted with other girls, and before his freshman year was ended, he and Evaleen were married in the Idaho Falls Temple.
Gale wanted to be a teacher, and he and Evaleen wanted to have a large family. The young couple had two children by the time Gale graduated from Ricks College, three children by the time he graduated from BYU, five children by the time he got his master's degree from BYU, and seven children when he began to build a house for his family. With the help of his brothers, brothers-in-law, father, and the older children, the house in Garfield, Idaho, was ready for the family to move into in 1975. Gale helped Evaleen deliver their eighth and final child in that house.
Gale taught school from 1960 until he retired in 1997, with a 10-year period in the middle when he was the principal of Iona Elementary School. Gale lived alone in the house and continued to care for the six acres for two years after Evaleen passed away. After 33 years in Garfield, Gale sold the house and moved across the state to Meridian to be near some of his children. He never looked back but made many new friends among his neighbors in Heron Brook community and Meadowgrass ward. In spite of 14 years of cancer treatments, he lived independently, enjoyed his growing family, served in his church callings, and enjoyed many happy hours with his friends at card night.
Many thanks to the truly caring professionals at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute and First Choice Hospice. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the LDS Chapel at 3775 E. Ustick Rd., Meridian. The family will visit with friends and relatives that day from noon to 1:00 p.m. Gale will be buried beside Evaleen at Grant Cemetery near Rigby, Idaho, on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.