Alvin Eugene Dale, 78, died Dec. 27, 2007 in Phoenix.
Mr. Dale was born Nov. 10, 1929 to Alvin Orrin Dale and Mary Helen Martin Dale in Pueblo, Colo. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, David and Clara Martin.
Following his high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and while stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, distinguished himself as a boxer. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Colorado and pursued a college degree at Southern Colorado State College and the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.
He and Joyce Thompson married June 24, 1953 and had four children.
He moved to Flagstaff in 1964 to work with the U.S. Geological Survey and earned a degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University and became a writer for the U.S.G.S., publishing "Steps to the Moon."
He married Dolores Marie Payne on Nov. 13, 1970 and in December 1972, he took his family to Cape Canaveral to watch the launch of Apollo 17, which was to be the last manned mission to the moon.
Mr. Dale continued to write, working primarily in the scientific and technical fields. He was also a musician and artist.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores of Globe; children, Sunni Dale of Ft. Collins, Colo., Stewart Dale of Pahrump, Nev., Steven (Krissy) Dale of Pahrump, Nev. and Sharla (Bill) Hazleton of Novato, Calif.; stepchildren Lorie Payne and Marion Payne, both of Flagstaff and Bill Payne of Cave Creek; several grandchildren and a great-grandson; and a half-brother, Jerry McTavish of Pueblo, Colo.