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May 6, 1951 - June 14, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Mark Alan Dale passed away on June 14, 2014. Mark was born May 6, 1951, at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, to Everett and Jean Dale while his father was serving in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. As a toddler, Mark's family moved back to Oklahoma City, where he attended Nichols Hills Elementary, Harding Jr. High, and Casady High School (Class of 1969). He was an Eagle Scout in Troop 132. During Mark's undergraduate college years, he earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Duke University. He served as president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and was a Blue Devil cheerleader. Later, he attended The University of Colorado School of Business, where he achieved his MBA. After a few years as executive treasurer at Midland Mortgage Company, Mark joined his father's custom home building company, Carriage Homes. He eventually took over the company and enjoyed a very rewarding career building beautiful homes in Nichols Hills, Gaillardia, Fairview Farm, and other northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond communities. Mark served multiple terms as president of the local and state chapters of the National Association of Home Builders. In 2008, during the home building economic downturn, his skilled leadership was needed again, and he was asked to return to the helm of the organization. He was very proud to be a Fortune Club member for many years. Mark's true passion was his golf game. He also loved fly-fishing at his family cabin in Basalt, CO, quail hunting, and spending time with family at his second home in Angel Fire, NM. His quick wit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his many, many friends and family members. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Everett E. Dale, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Lark Dale; his son, Matthew (Natalie), of Atlanta, GA; stepson, Todd (Darcie) Lester, of Southlake, TX; his mother, Jean Dale, of Oklahoma City; his sister, Laurie (Jim) Keffer, of Oklahoma City; his brother, Scott (Julie) Dale, of Boulder, CO; nephews, Stephen Neslage, Scott Neslage, and Ryder Dale; and granddaughters, Libby and Leighton Lester. Memorial Service will be Wednesday, June 18, 2 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel.

Published in The Oklahoman from June 16 to June 17, 2014
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