Dale was born Nov. 29, 1928 in Chehalis, Washington to Daniel Boone Coleman and Lillian (Stanley) Coleman. He was raised in the Morton, Washington area and graduated from Morton High School. After high school he attended vocational school learning refrigeration. In 1950, he and Jo Ann Cagley were married and moved to Bandon, Oregon where he was employed as a timber faller for Carver and Houston and started their family. In 1959 they moved to Vernal, Utah with his brother to build and operate an electric sawmill and later a planing mill. He was an entrepreneur, worked hard and took risks in order to get ahead. In 1964 they returned to Oregon and he went to work for BZ & H Logging. He eventually started his own logging company with partners Rollo Sharp and John Curtis and operated under the name of C S & C Logging. He worked in the logging business for 30 years before semi-retiring at age 55.
While running C S & C logging, he started a chain saw sales and repair shop out of his garage with Jo Ann working as bookkeeper for both businesses while holding down a fulltime job with the US Forest Service. They were a team. The saw shop later moved to Hanscam’s Center where Chan’s Restaurant is currently located. He eventually expanded the business and opened a shop in Gold Beach. In time he sold the two shops to his son Brad who later sold the Gold Beach store to his brother Chris. Both shops are operating today as Curry Equipment and C & M Equipment.
After selling the chain saw shop, he developed and sold Coleman Cove Trailer Park (currently Sunshine Cove). In semi-retirement he developed and built Sea Bird RV Park and he and Jo Ann operated the RV park until 2001. While operating the RV Park he developed and built Hall Way Mobile Home Park (currently operating as Tonapah Village) off Hall Way in Harbor. After selling the Hall Way Mobile Home Park and while still operating the RV Park, Dale began developing a hillside subdivision that is part of the Crown Terrace development. He continued to work on the subdivision until age 88 when he developed respiratory issues from the Chetco Bar Fire.
Dale was a lifelong member of the John Birch Society and had strong opinions that the government was straying from what the founding fathers envisioned. He could tell you how each of the US members of Congress voted. Many older Brookings people will remember his numerous letters to the editor to educate people on how the current politicians were leading our country down a path of more government control and more rights being taken from the citizenry under the guise of helping the American people. He was extremely concerned that his children and grandchildren not have those right taken from them. Dale was deeply concerned about the future of America.
Dale served on the Curry County Planning Commission for twelve years and served as a director on the Harbor Water District for more than ten years.
Dale is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Jo Ann Coleman; five children - Sheila Sparlin (Donald), Terre Hodges (David), Shelly Slack (Steve), Brad Coleman (Laurie) and Chris Coleman (Marie); thirteen grandchildren - Ben McVay, Bud McVay, Brent Hodges, Brandon Hodges, Aaron Hodges, Courtney Slack Reisler, Kelley Slack Maxwell, Jay Slack, Tiffany Coleman Kirkish, Joshua Coleman, Ariel Coleman, Kyle Coleman, Kambri Coleman Weber and seventeen great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Joyce, Shirley, Candace, and the many people with Coastal Home Health and Hospice who attended to his needs and expedited his care. They were so gracious, kind and attentive helping Dale transition. The family would also like to thank Dr. Reginald Williams for his consistent and attentive care and for his responsiveness.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Coastal Home Health and Hospice.
No service will be held at Dale’s request.