Clarence Dale Little

Born: Fri., Aug. 4, 1939
Died: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Mar. 03, 2018
Location: Homelake Veterans Center Chapel

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Clarence Dale Little, 78, died February 1 at the Colorado State Veterans Living Center in Homelake where he had been a resident for the past three years.

He was born August 4, 1939 in Mooringsport, Louisiana on the bank of Caddo Lake to John and Lena Little and was the youngest of 10 children.

He graduated from Caddo High School in 1957 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in math and civil engineering from Northwest Louisiana State University  and a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri School of Mines. He later earned a second Master’s Degree while he was in the military service.

He served an illustrious career of 25 years in the Army including two tours in Vietnam, retiring in 1983 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. His death was attributed to Parkinson’s Disease stemming from exposure to Agent Orange during his time in Vietnam.

He married Sally Gibson in Bossier City, Louisiana on April 22, 1962.

They moved to Salida in 1984. He began teaching math and pre-algebra at Salida Middle School and was also a wrestling coach. While teaching he also sold real estate. He spent 17 years teaching and 20 years in the real estate business.

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, Salida, and daughter Geoia Reetz, Grand Junction; three grandchildren, Caleb D. Aldrich, of Los Angeles  , California, Seth Lichtenstein, Denver, and Miranda Reetz, Grand Junction and his beloved dogs, Sunny Boy and Bebe.

The last three years of his life were spent at Homelake, the Colorado State Veterans Home where his family said he was very happy, surrounded by other veterans.

Memorials for Mr. Little can be sent to River Valley Community Fellowship, PO Box 1140, Salida, CO 81201 or to the Homelake Residents Benefits Fund, PO Box 97, Homelake, CO 81135 in memory of Dale Little.

Services will be held 11:30 AM Saturday March 3, 2018 in the Homelake Veterans Center Chapel in Monte Vista. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery at Homelake with full military honors.

Arrangements were with Lewis & Glenn Funeral Home.    

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Alan Sulzenfuss
   Posted Tue February 06, 2018
We lost a good man. He and his family are in my prayers.

Susan J Tweit
   Posted Tue February 06, 2018
I feel privileged to have known Dale, and to have had he and Sally as our real estate agents when we first moved to Salida in the 1990s. What a wonderful, bright, and fun man. Sally, thank you for taking such good care of him through those difficult years with his Parkinson's. My heart is with you! I send love and hugs.

Mary & Burley Polk
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
Sally we were sad to hear of Dale's passing. Donna called to let us know. We will always have fond memories of the good times we had together. We were snacking on pistachio nuts last night and talked about now much he enjoyed them and how he could shell and eat them faster than anyone. Our sympathy goes out to you and Joy and all the grandkids. He will be missed by many. God Bless you all.

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