DAL FRANKLIN AMES
August 27, 1944 - August 5, 2012
Dal F. Ames, 67, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho from effects of End Stage Renal Disease.
Dal was born to Dal Franklin Ames and Ann Watchko Ames on August 27, 1944 in Altadena, California. He grew up in Sierra Madre, California.
Dal graduated from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Soil Science in 1966.
Dal began work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in January 1967 in The Dalles, Oregon. There, he met Barbara Ball and they were married on December 16, 1967. Three children were born while in The Dalles.
Dal worked as a Soil Scientist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He surveyed soils in north central Oregon for 8 years out of The Dalles and Condon. He moved his family to Holbrook, Arizona to work for 2 years in Navajo County. Then in 1977, he and his family transferred to Twin Falls, where he completed his career.
Dal had a lifelong love of baseball. He coached both of his sons in Little League and Babe Ruth and continued coaching for another 15 years. He was a long time L.A. Dodgers fan and enjoyed travelling to Arizona for Spring Training baseball games.
Dal's other love was fishing. He grew up fishing with his father, and continued with his father-in-law and Barbara. His greatest joy was teaching his grandchildren to fish.
Dal was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest sister, Susie Ames Slobodien. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ames, of Twin Falls; son, Kevin Ames of Gilbert, Arizona; daughter, Molly (Marcus) Teal of Las Vegas, Nevada; and son, Jeff (Tennille) Ames of Fairbanks, Alaska; 6 grandchildren: Avery and KJ Ames, Teegan and Aidrik Teal, Kara and Mary Ames, and 2 step-granddaughters, Analise and Tianna; his sister, Dianne Bennett of Santa Ana, California; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jan and Irwin Gordon of Garibaldi, Oregon; and by several nieces and nephews.
At Dal's request, no formal funeral will be held. The family will have a private memorial service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at White Mortuary, "Chapel by the Park", Twin Falls. Family and friends may share their memories at www.whitemortuary.com