Dale Harry Davis was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Dickinson, N.D., to Harry and Matilda Davis. He passed away July 13, 2005, in Billings.
The family moved to Bozeman in 1936 with a milk cow, three horses and some sheep. They lived in Bridger Canyon, where Dale attended grade school at Lower Bridger School. He later attended Gallatin County High School and graduated in 1942.
Dale enrolled at Montana State College in 1942, but quit to volunteer for the U.S. Navy where he served in the amphibious forces in World War II until 1946. He reentered MSC in 1946.
He married Betty Jo Cole on Dec. 29, 1946, and they enjoyed a wonderful relationship until her untimely passing in 1972. This union produced three children, Bill, Tom and Pat.
In 1956, Dale and Betty started Rollin' Rock Angus. When asked about his goal, Dale was quoted as saying, "I just want to raise the best Angus that walk!"
Dale married Carol Bishop in 1973 and they lived north of Belgrade until they were later divorced.
After selling the Rollin' Rock herd to his son, Bill, and enjoying a two-week retirement, Dale and Carol and his daughter, Pat, started the PAPA Angus Ranch with the same goals of raising elite Angus cattle. Dale sold his interests in PAPA Angus in 1999.
Dale and his newfound love, Nancy Lee, did some traveling around the United States and then purchased a home in Roseburg, Ore. They were married in 2004 and have resided in Oregon since that time.
Dale served as a legislator for Gallatin, Jefferson and Broadwater counties in the 1978 Montana Legislature, but chose not to run for reelection due to health reasons.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 68, BPOE No. 463 and Gallatin County Farm Bureau for more than 50 years. Dale was a member of the Montana Beef Performance Association, Montana Angus Association and American Angus Association, and served as a board member or officer for all of those associations.
Dale received numerous beef industry awards, including the first Outstanding Beef Producer Award by the Gallatin Beef Producers, the Wayne Stevenson Memorial Award from the Montana Angus Association, the Angus Heritage Award from the American Angus Association, and most recently, the Pioneer Award from the Beef Improvement Federation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Leonard and Lyle, and his wife, Betty.
Dale is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Bill (Jennifer) of Sidney, Tom of Puyallup, Wash., and Pat of Belgrade; grandchildren, Julie (Doug), Justin (Melanie), Mikal (Lance), Andree, Chad, Trevor, Cole, and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Logan, Lane, Lindsay, and Brooke. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, and extended step-families.
Dale made a lasting impression on everyone he met, and he leaves behind countless friends.
Private family graveside services will be held. Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at 17200 Rocky Mountain Road, Belgrade, followed by a reception at Pass Creek Community Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 4800 Spaulding Bridge Road, Belgrade, MT 59714.
Memorials may be made to the American Angus Foundation, 3201 Frederick Blvd., St. Joseph, MO 64506; or to a charity of choice.