Michael Dayle Davies, 72, an early pioneer of Page, and resident of Las Vegas since 1962, passed away, July 24, 2012. Born on May 30, 1940, “Dayle” was the second of five children of the late Marlin Owen Davis and Elva Dayley of Idaho Falls, Idaho, both of whom preceded him in death.
Upon the recent passing of Mary, his beautiful wife of 52 years, Dayle was lost. Although his family and many friends tried to fill the void and encourage him to go on, he longed to be with Mary. Together, they raised three children, shared a love of NASCAR, and enjoyed their feline friends. Dayle also enjoyed racing and was a drag racer at the Stardust Raceway. In 1994 he was awarded a NASCAR Gold driver’s license, valid in Winston Cup and several other classes.
Dayle served briefly in the Navy, then found his true calling as a mechanic. His outstanding mechanical ability shined while working on vehicles during his employment at the Glen Canyon Dam project in Page. His most recent and long-term employment was at Wells Cargo in Las Vegas, where he worked his way up from truck driver to manager of the scale house.
Friends gravitated to Dayle’s home workshop to enjoy his sense of humor, seek mechanical advice, and share a drink. There were always a few friends in the garage and even in retirement Dayle’s shop was a fun place to be.
Dayle leaves behind his son John and daughter-in-law Tina, granddaughter Nicole, grandson Skylar, all of Las Vegas; his son, Mike and daughter-in-law Stephanie, grandsons Chad and Cole and granddaughter Senna Marie, of Belmont, Calif., and his son Derrel, and wife, Kim, of Las Vegas. Dayle also leaves behind his brother Kyle Tohlen and wife, of Vallejo, Calif.
Dayle will be missed by those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, Dayle’s family suggests memorials be made to The Nevada SPCA at www.nevadaspca.org, 702-873-SPCA (7722).
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