Dale Jean Deatherage


Dale Jean Deatherage was born on May 28, 1943 to Virgil Valjean Deatherage and Lois Gay (Sisson) Allred in Norman, Oklahoma. He passed at his home in Midwest City on February 6, 2019 at the age of 75.
Dale grew up in Norman, graduating from Norman High in 1961. Dale was naturally mechanically inclined, a skillset which he parlayed into a successful career in computer programming for over 40 years. During his long tenure as a computer programmer, Dale collected many awards and honors. He started his career with Byer-Rolnick, a hat company based in Dallas, TX. Dale then worked for NASA in Houston before moving back to Norman to work for the FAA. Dale left the FAA for a position at Tinker Air Force Base, where he worked for three years before returning to the FAA until his retirement in 2002.
Dale loved the outdoors and never missed an opportunity to go camping and get out on the lake for some bass fishing. After his retirement he purchased a vacation home at Lake Texoma and spent as much time as he could down there.
Dale had an exceptional sense of humor and a penchant for having fun. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, and was always willing and able to fix just about anything for his friends and family. He was kind, generous, and dependable, and he will be greatly missed.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his second wife Helen, and his step-father Bob Allred.
Dale is survived by: daughters Diane Schroeder and husband Eric of Norman, Lauri Deatherage of Norman, and Angela Sarabia and husband Don of Oklahoma City; step-children Jody Plog, wife Sabrina, and sons Nathan, Seth and Zach; Johnny Plog, and children Donna and Chris; and Jana Dupus, and children Jeannie and Heather; grandchildren Shawn Deatherage and wife Amy, Cassandra and Brianna Sarabia, and Stephanie Schroeder; great-granchildren Bentley and Gwen Deatherage;first wife and mother of his children Carolyn Deatherage; and a host of many cousins, extended family, and friends.
Dale's daughters have entrusted his care to Tribute Memorial Care in Norman (708 24th Ave NW, 405.292.4787). A small service to celebrate Dale's life will be held in the funeral home's event center at 2:00pm on Friday, February 15th.
Please share condolences and memories of Dale at www.tribute.care.
Published on February 8, 2019
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3 posts

Alan Bettes
Feb 26, 2019
Jody Plog
Feb 11, 2019
While Dale wasn't my biological father, he was my 2nd dad. He helped me to move more than once. Helped me with projects at Sabrina and my home as I helped him at his home. Always giving of himself. What a privilege to take care of him and my mom over nearly the past 10 years. From taking him to Walmart to get groceries to cleaning out the chimney flue to replacing air filters, etc. He was always quick with a joke even after the cruel stroke tried to diminish him. I would always laugh, even though he had told me the same joke many times. Every time that I would leave the house, we would always hug and tell each other that we loved each other. Who knew that a few weeks ago that would ...be the last hug I would share with him on this side? James 4:14 says that life is but a vapor, here for a moment and then gone.....it truly is. He always apologized for "inconveniencing" me or needing my help and I always told him not to say that but that any thing or any time he needed something to always call me....which he would. My heart aches with the void that Dale use to fill. I miss you dad and I love you.Read more
Linda Carol Fries Simpson
Feb 10, 2019
Dale & I were very close first cousins, & we were the same age. I have many fond memories of Dale, my brother David, & I growing up together in the '40s & '50s.
During our years of Junior Hi, Dale had a pair of white denim, bell-bottom jeans. When they became high-waters on his long legs, they just happened to fit ME (the sweet sister he never had) perfectly! Those jeans were my favorite of all my life- long attire.
Dale's three girls & my three girls, growing up together in the '60s & '70s., blessed our families with precious memories of lots of giggles & love.
I pray many blessings & much love to Dale's family. Linda