Mon, Jun 24, 2013
Dale A. Hall, 56, died peacefully in his sleep at home following surgery and a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his college sweetheart and loving wife of 33 years, Cindy Horton Hall, and two sons, Joseph and wife Valerie, and Matthew and wife Maggie. His gentle spirit, engaging personality and sense of humor will be forever missed by friends and family alike. Dale’s keen intellect, which was honed through a lifetime of voracious reading, was admired by all who knew and worked with him. Dale, a native of Baton Rouge and a lifelong resident of the area, graduated from Glen Oaks High School in 1974 and attended LSU. He was a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, IL and later earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice. He joined the Louisiana State Police in 1981 and ascended his way through the ranks to the second ranking position in the agency. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent and Chief of Staff in 2008, a path that mirrored that of his father-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Horton. Dale retired from State Police in 2012 and was then appointed Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. He had a distinguished career of dedicated public service and mentored countless troopers around the state. His legacy of integrity, dedication and compassion will endure for generations of troopers to come. His foresight and vision helped position the State Police as one of the most respected state law enforcement agencies in the country. His two sons continue the tradition of service today as members of the Louisiana State Police. He was an active member at University United Methodist Church where he worked with the Youth Sunday School, Chapel choir, outreach programs, and played hand bells in the Agape Ringers. During their life in Clinton, Dale and his wife also attended Clinton United Methodist Church, where they both sang in the adult choir. He was also a former member of the Baton Rouge Caledonian Society. Among his many professional accomplishments and associations, he was honored to be a member of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, and was privileged to lead the appropriation and development of the Joint Emergency Service Training Center (JESTC), a state-of-the-art training facility in Zachary, LA. Survivors include Cindy Horton Hall, Joseph and Valerie Menter Hall, Matthew and Maggie Fazekas Hall, and two brothers, Stewart Hall and Gary and his wife Nancy Hall. He was deeply loved by all of his in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Wilda (Bill) Hall. Visitation will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy., on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 4 pm to 9 pm. Visitation will resume at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 9:30 am until funeral service at 12:30 pm. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Friends and Family are invited to a celebration of his life following the burial at JESTC, 1400 W. Irene Road, Zachary, LA 70791. Donations in his memory can be made to University United Methodist Church and to the Louisiana State Troopers Association, 8120 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.