April 18, 1940 — January 28, 2019
Dallas Marion Dyer, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Salem, Oregon, as a result of a memory disorder on the morning of Monday, January 28, 2019. Dallas was a loyal husband, a dedicated father and grandfather, and an ever-present uncle, cousin, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by all who survive him.
Dallas was born on April 18, 1940, in Lexington, Nebraska, to mother, Geneva, and father, Marion Michael (Mike) Dyer.
He is survived by his son, Chris (Laurie) Dyer; daughters, Carol Dyer and Laurie (Russ) Beitzel; and grandchildren, C.J., Joe, Russell, Daniel and Evie.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy; daughter, Jennifer; brothers, Orin, Marvin, and Dale; and sister, Charlotte.
Dallas (Dally) lived his first 18 years in Lexington, Nebraska, and then attended and played football at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) until he was 23 years old. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree in Education, Dallas took his first teaching and coaching job at Tekamah High School. Tekamah marked the place where he met Judith Anne Lawrence (Judy), his wife of 53 years. The newlywed couple moved to Omaha in 1964, where he taught and coached football at Roncalli High School (Rummel). He went on to play and coach football with the Omaha Mustangs and for the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Mavericks.
In 1968, Dallas and Judy adopted their daughter Jennifer and (to their surprise) also welcomed their son, Chris. While still in Omaha, Dallas and Judy had two daughters, Carol in 1972 and Laurie in 1974.
In 1978, the Dyer family moved to Corvallis, where Dallas applied his masterful skills in home design to his brother Dale’s building and real estate business.
In 1982, Dallas enrolled in Oregon State University and renewed his teaching credentials. He and Judy then moved their family to Salem, where he taught and coached football and track at North Salem High School until 2001. Throughout his tenure, Dallas coached football for more than 55 years.
As an accomplished athlete and coach, Dallas loved every aspect of sports. Whether it was throwing a football around in the backyard, performing at the highest levels in national playoff games for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, or simply attending a track meet to support his grandchildren, Dallas showed up with intense enthusiasm. His love of physical activities ranged from riding his bike to swimming, from refereeing basketball to coaching women’s softball.
But Dallas was not just a tough tackle, willing to take on opponents of any size. He was also a kindhearted and forgiving man whose warmth extended beyond his immediate family, leaving room for many lifelong friendships.
Dallas loved to travel, and celebrated any occasion with good food and an occasional Budweiser beer. He was a carpenter and a problem-solver, whose meticulous attention to detail allowed him to complete home improvement projects by simply figuring it out.
Finally, Dallas was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Salem for more than 35 years. He served as a deacon and mowed the church lawn, and could be seen flipping pancakes at the Union Gospel Mission on Easter.
A memorial service for Dallas Dyer will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, at the First Christian Church in downtown Salem. Reception to follow. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.