William W. Dalton
February 5, 1933 – March 3, 2021
Bill Dalton was born to L.J. (Jack) Dalton and Norma Allen Dalton, the eighth of eight children, all of whom predeceased him. He is also preceded in death by his beloved granddaughter, Dezare Dalton Cedillo.
Bill spent all of his growing-up years on the south side of San Antonio with some acreage that contained a milk cow, chickens and a large garden. He was educated in the South San ISD. Not far from his home was St. Joseph Catholic Church which grounds contained a basketball goal. He spent hours honing the skills of his left hand. He reminisced often about those pleasurable hours which turned out to change the trajectory of his life.
Bill completed high school in 1951 and had excelled on the basketball court. He was selected as an all-star by the Texas High School Coaches Association. He then selected a four-year athletic scholarship to Baylor University among offers from other Texas schools. He also enrolled in AFROTC and would serve three years and receive pilot training after graduating from Baylor in 1955. He received a bachelor’s degree in science and physical education. He returned to San Antonio and was offered a teaching, coaching position at South San ISD. It was the beginning of his long career in public education.
Bill went from classroom and coaching to administration after earning a master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake. Assistant principal changed to principal when he was offered a job at Judson High School.
When he started that job, he was in charge of 340 students. When he ended the job 15 years later, JHS had reached a population of almost 2,500 students in grades 10, 11, 12. He initiated a variety of successful programs, including vocational and athletic programs. He always accentuated academics and instilled a strong sense of Rocket pride throughout the campus.
He finished his career by helping to design and implement Spring Meadows Elementary School. These last years were the happiest years in his career, and he built a campus of students, teachers and programs that were rated Exceptional Achievement School by the Texas Education Agency. He retired in 1996.
Bill is survived by his two sons, William Bradford Dalton (Carol) and Wesley Brandon Dalton (Lesha), and their families. He is also survived by the love of his life of 35 years, Kate Hawksley Dalton, and her daughter, Gail Hawksley Moore Theis (Guy Condra). These people, including eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, formed the base of his life for the remainder of his years. He called them the Dalton Gang.
Faith, family, friends and fishing were Bill’s obvious passions. His love of God and the Bible were evident when he taught and participated in numerous Sunday school classes throughout his years. He acted as deacon and elder at St. Mark Presbyterian Church and loved to visit church members in the hospital and rehab facilities.
Bill was lovingly referred to as Dad, Popo and Big D by his family. He was the dedicated patriarch of a large blended family and embraced his role by fiercely loving each and every one. He loved the home he shared with Kate; he referred to it as “The Dalton Sanctuary.” He was never happier than when their home was filled with family and friends. He was a fisher of men, as well as the ocean and lake variety.
He always, always had a joke to share and anything one might say would trigger a memory of a joke from decades before. He said he “had a filing cabinet full of them” in his brain! It was one of his magical ways of connecting with people.
Bill was a lifelong learner of so many things: cooking, gardening, handcrafting everything from jewelry to furniture to writing pens to plaques displayed at his church. He carved faces from old pieces of wood that are treasures. He loved being outside every spare moment and would end his nights hand-feeding no telling how many generations of raccoons before he went to bed.
He truly loved life and lived every day to its fullest. He had a light about him that drew others in. His life was a living example of Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
A memorial service will be held May 8, 2021, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of St. Mark Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 208 W. Bandera Road, Boerne, TX 78006.
To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com Arrangements are with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.