On June 18, 2014, Dale Tate passed away at his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, after a short and very brave battle with cancer. His family had gathered around him to say goodbye.
Dale was born on Dec. 16, 1932, in Ardmore, where he grew up and graduated from Ardmore High School. A member of the Beta Theta Pi pledge class of 1952, Gamma Phi Chapter, he earned a degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
He pursued a career in the energy field, and was a vice president and manager of Interstate Bank’s energy department, headquartered in Los Angeles, a position which entailed traveling and spending considerable time in Europe. For many years, Dale was treasurer of the Los Angeles Petroleum Club, and, of course, had many friends in the industry.
Thirty-seven years ago, he took the love of his life, his bride Shirley, to London for their honeymoon. Throughout their many happy years together, they were able to travel the world and cruise to many exotic locations. Their dream of retiring and living on the ocean in Baja, Mexico, became a reality, and allowed them to enjoy the beauty of Mexico and their many good friends there.
Dale’s passion was college football, and he never missed watching a game when his Oklahoma Sooners were playing.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Shirley; a son, Dale Tate Jr.; three daughters, Pamela Peters, Kathryn Laine and Deborah Mueller; two grandsons, Ethan Tate and Michael Musso; a sister, Bobbiette Rye; and a niece, Kathy Totsch.