July 20, 1931 – August 16, 2009
A descendant of Pilgrims John Howland and William Brewster, he joined the Nebraska Society in 1963.
From the Idaho Statesman, Aug. 19, 2009:
Jack L. Dalton died Sunday Aug. 16, 2009 in the presence of his wife, children, and grandchildren, after a two year battle with cancer. He held on to life long enough to escort his new granddaughter-in-law, Lurisa, at her wedding to Jack’s grandson Steve the day before his death.
Jack, the youngest of three siblings, was born in his maternal grandmother’s house in Hominy, Okla. on July 20, 1931 to Derrick Dalton and Helen Agnes Moffatt Dalton. He married Marian Lyn Stull on April 21, 1953 in Rapid City, S.D. and they kept their marriage secret from the public for a month until Jack graduated from college so as to not be expelled from single-student housing. Jack was educated in the Bingham and Alliance, Nebraska public school systems and graduated from Alliance High School in May, 1948. He attended Chadron State Teachers College, Chadron, Neb., and graduated Cum Laude in 1953 with a B.S. in Chemistry. After two years in the Army, he attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. and received his M.S. in Chemistry in 1958.
Jack liked to tell people that he taught at four different institutions of higher education and never moved his office. Hired in 1958 by President Eugene Chaffee, Jack served Boise Junior College, Boise College, Boise State College and Boise State University for 37 years with distinction, progressing from the rank of Instructor in 1958 to Professor in 1971. He retired in 1995, having served as Acting Chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1968-1970 and Chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1970-1987. Jack served as the school-wide Curriculum Committee Chairman during the period when BJC transformed itself into a four-year institution, helping to build programs of instruction across all majors of the college. He served on the Faculty Association of BJC from 1961-1964, serving as President in 1963-1964. He served on the Faculty Senate of Boise State from 1968-1980 and 1987-1989, and was Chairman of the Senate in 1972-1973. In 1970, he was honored as Outstanding Faculty at Boise State, and in 1971 was honored as an Outstanding Educator of America. He really was a Bronco fan before it was cool, attending Bronco football and basketball games with his family from his hiring in 1958 and serving as official timekeeper and scoreboard operator at Bronco basketball games for many years.
He was an active member of the Idaho Academy of Science for many years, serving that organization as Executive Secretary, Vice-President, and President. He was a Boise State representative to the Pacific Northwest Conference on Higher Education (1965), a representative to the National Conference on Faculty Evaluation (1973) and an Idaho representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1980). He was active in stamp collecting and glass collecting with his wife Marian and they formed many dear friendships with individuals through these activities. He had a life-long enthusiasm for gardening and loved to work in his large rose garden. He was an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, a trait he passed on to his children. During his retirement, he and his wife Marian enjoyed their world-wide travels, cruising the Caribbean several times, making several cruises down the rivers of Europe, and visiting China, the British Isles, Russia and Australia. Jack always said that his proudest accomplishments were his children (Allen, Teri and Wendy) his grandchildren (John, Steve, Jack, Annie, and Ben) and his great grandchildren (Jake and Emily). In his last days, he wanted it to be known that “I had a good life. I did almost everything I ever wanted to do, and I enjoyed it all.”
Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marian, his son Allen Dalton and wife Sandra; daughter Teri Sackman and partner Laurel; daughter Wendy Leslie and husband Kenny; grandson John Sackman and great grandson Jake; grandson Steve Sackman, wife Lurisa and great-granddaughter Emily; grandson Jack A. Dalton, granddaughter Annie Treinen and husband Mike; and, grandson Ben Dalton. He is also survived by his sisters Jeane Rice (husband Otis) of Appleton, Wisconsin and June Brennan of Ellsworth, Nebraska as well as by numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.