Lloyd Dale Faylor, our beloved husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa passed away at the age of 94 at Aspen Valley Senior Living in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 25 at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St. Boise, Idaho. Military Honors and interment will follow at the Morris Hill Cemetery.
Dale is one of four sons born to Dr. Milford Wiley Faylor and Vera Smart Mecham. In his own words he states, “I began this wonderful and crazy life on October 26, 1927. I had company as my twin brother was occupying the same room I was, and he was born after me. Mother was surprised there were two very small babies. We came two months early and we were born at home. We were so small that we were placed in two shoeboxes filled with cotton and placed close to the oven to keep us warm. There were no incubators in those days.”
The boys were born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, where they attended Kenwood Elementary School, Central Junior High and Nampa High School. Twins were not as common in those days and the Faylor twins made a hit wherever they went! They were creative entrepreneurs and when their lemonade stand wasn’t very profitable, they would go to the packing sheds to look for discarded heads of lettuce and place them in their little red wagon. Then they went around the neighborhood selling lettuce for 5 cents a head. It was very profitable and they used the money to buy movie tickets.
Dale was a character and loved to play tricks on people. When the housekeeper was trying to get the boys off to school, he would lock himself in the upstairs bathroom, slide down the laundry shoot and run back upstair and tap the housekeeper on the shoulder. He always loved a good joke and had several on hand to share throughout his life.
The Faylor family loved all sports and Dale and Gale played basketball beginning in 9th grade. They made the varsity team as Juniors and were starting five their senior year.
But golf was their family sport. Dale’s father taught all of his boys how to play and had special clubs made for Dale and Gale when they were nine years old. With a family lifetime membership to the Broadmore Golf Course, they played anytime they wanted and even did a lot of caddying for local golfers. They made the high school golf team as freshmen and played four years for Nampa High School. They won the Idaho State High School Golf Championship three years in a row!
After graduation from Nampa High in 1947, Dale entered the State American Legion Golf Tournament. Faced off with an excellent golfer from Twin Falls, the two of them were tied at the end of 36 holes. As skill would have it, Dale made an excellent putt and won the championship! Dale continued to play golf throughout his life, winning many tournaments and has a trophy case full to prove it!
The family owned a home in McCall, Idaho, and for many years, summers were spent golfing and boating on Payette Lake. Because of that, McCall, Idaho, has been the favorite vacation spot for the next three generations of Faylors.
In the fall of 1947, Dale attended the University of Idaho. He joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and played intramural basketball and bowling for the House. And of course, he made the University golf team. In 1952 the team placed second in the Northern Division Golf Tournament losing by one stroke to Washington State.
In 1950, he began dating the love of his life, JoAnne Eckery. Their first date was a Halloween Dance and he dressed up as a ghoul. She should of known this was a sign of fun Halloween events to come! They were married on Easter Sunday, March 25, 1951, in Nampa, Idaho. They celebrated their 71st wedding Anniversary two months ago.
In 1952, Dale joined the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Idaho and graduated from the U of I on June 7, 1953, with a BA in Commercial Art. At that same time he received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He attended the Civilian Personnel School Technical Training Wing at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and upon graduation received his overseas orders to Itami, Japan. He served as First Lieutenant in charge of education, job training, hiring and firing and payroll for the Japanese employees working on the base. He was stationed in Japan for 18 months and later promoted to Captain.
While in Japan, Dale and JoAnne’s daughter, Linda Jo was born. It was tough not being able to see his wife and daughter for a year, but he was released from active duty the day before Linda Jo’s first birthday.
The little family moved to San Jose, California where Dale began working for Finnegan and Fenton Advertising Agency. While they were there, their son Charles Dale (Chuck) was born. Wanting to be closer to family, they moved back to Nampa after two years in California and Dale started his own art service doing renderings for local builders, contractors and architects like he did in California. He was the first artist to offer this kind of service in the Treasure Valley.
In the fall of 1958, Dale was hired by Boise Cascade Corporation, Division of Timber and Wood Products in the Advertising and Marketing Department. They moved to Boise, Idaho and bought their first home on Day Drive. Dale was quite a craftsman. He constructed a patio between the house and the garage that extended into the backyard and finished off his art studio in the basement, complete with a hidden door entrance.
In 1967, Dale and JoAnne decided to build their dream home. Months of planning and love went into that home! It became a gathering place for many friends and family. Dale loved to play cards and they belonged to two bridge groups. They also had a couple of dinner groups as well as special neighbors that would come over. They enjoyed dinners on their patio that Dale and Chuck built, barbecues and games of badminton, parties for their children and their friends and of course, the Spook alleys he built for several years at Halloween. Dale and JoAnne were a team who loved participating in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s activities. Together, they loved boating at Lucky Peak and McCall, Sunday drives, grocery shopping, family trips and Boise State Football.
Throughout the years, Dale has quietly shared his talents with many. He designed and created the decorations for the 100th Anniversary of the YWMIA Centennial Ball, complete with a hand crafted 8 foot in diameter chandelier and four 4-foot chandeliers.
For 25 years, he coached the Third Ward Young Men in basketball for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was not only a coach and mentor, but friend to those boys who enjoyed team dinners on the patio.
Over the years he has had many Art Exhibits in Seattle, Boise and Nampa. For over 30 years, 32 of Dale’s watercolor paintings were chosen for the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Christmas Card benefit. Many of the originals were sold and hang in prominent businesses and homes including Senator Jim McClure, Governor Phil Batt, Governor Dirk Kempthorne and the Albertsons Corporation. St. Luke’s Hospital also commissioned Dale to paint five churches in Boise that hang near the chapel at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Dale will be remembered for his kindness, patience, devotion, support and positive attitude. He loved deeply and was always grateful.
He was preceded in death by parents Dr. Milford and Vera Faylor, brother Dr. Reid Faylor, brother Earl Gale Faylor, sister-in-law Cathryn Faylor, sister-in-law Peggy Faylor, and brother Dr. Milford M. Faylor.
Dale is survived by his beautiful wife of 71 years, JoAnne of Boise, daughter Linda Jo Whitman (Todd) of Bountiful, Utah, and son Chuck Faylor (Barbara) of Boise, grandchildren Amy Jo Hadlock, Tiffany Faylor, Derek Faylor, Natalie Wright, Lindsay Evensen, Steven Faylor, Lauren Whitman, Scott Fisher, Chuck Fisher, Michael Faylor, Lexie Whitman, Hailey Davenport, Dallas Whitman, and Aubrey Whitman, and 29 great-grandchildren with two sets of twins!