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Dalton, Richard V.

Former Commanding Officer

Served Aboard: 13 NOV 1970 - 08 FEB 1972

Passed 13 Oct 2011

Captain Richard ("Dick") V. Dalton (USN Retired) passed away on October 13, 2011 at his home in Long Beach, CA with his wife Pat by his side after a battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. Captain Dalton, a 1953 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, had a distinguished thirty-year career in the United States Navy. The year prior to his retirement in 1983, he was the senior naval officer afloat in Long Beach as Commander of Surface Squadron One with ships located in several ports on the west coast. He and his wife Pat retired in Long Beach and have served their family, the community, and their church and friends ever since. Dick was born in 1930 in Manila, Philippines while his father, Rear Admiral Carl Malcolm Dalton, was serving on a gunboat on the Yangtze River for the Navy. Along with his mother, Olive Baxter Dalton, he spent much of his childhood in Rector, Arkansas near his grandparents during his father's overseas service .He fondly remembered his grandparents, Owen Luther ("Dad") Dalton and Miss Vera, who lived in Rector and owned a hardware store. "Salty Dalty", as he was nicknamed, ran track and played the guitar while a midshipman at the Naval Academy. After graduating in 1953, Dick served on two sea tours in the western Pacific. He then was aide to Admiral Ruthven Libby, Commander, First Fleet. After that, he continued his career with the first of his nine commands at sea with a focus on destroyers, mine sweepers, and small craft. His career included four deployments in Vietnam including one where he was in charge of naval operations in the Mekong Delta. He loved to be haze grey and under way. In 1956 Dick married his wife, Patsy (Reeves) Dalton of Denver, Colorado. Dick and Pat raised three boys and have ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Their sons and daughters-in-law are Rick and Tanya Dalton of Fountain Valley, CA, Rob and Kathy Dalton of Lakewood, CA, and Dave and Brooke Dalton of Denver, Colorado. Grandchildren: Taylor (Sarah) Dalton, Kayli Dalton, Jesse Dalton, Tyree Dalton, Joshua Dalton, Kimberly Dalton, Matthew Dalton, Elizabeth Hutton (Michael), Kristel Gibson, and Curtis Gibson (Ashley). Great grandchildren: Andrew, Jackson, and Benjamin Hutton. In addition to his wife, sons, and their families, Captain Dalton is survived by his beloved sister, Dana Walker, and her husband Charles ("Chuck") Walker of Saratoga, California. Chuck was also a 1953 Naval Academy graduate. Dick and Pat loved going to Disneyland either as a happy couple or with some of their many family and friends. Dick always loved to have popcorn and a churro before leaving and never got tired of Soaring Over California. Dick loved the children and grandchildren dearly, and they loved him. Dick and Pat also loved traveling by car visiting America's National Parks. Dick combined leadership with kindness, which instilled both love and respect for him by the many who knew him. Even during his final battle with cancer, Captain Dalton showed grace and kindness to those who cared for him often reaching out to take their hand and expressing his thanks to them by name through his pain. He was a wonderful example to his three sons, their wives, and the children and grandchildren. Funeral service is Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lakewood (5336 E. Arbor Rd., Long Beach). Military Honors and Burial are Monday, October 24 at 11:15 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery (22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside). All are welcome at both services. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 ( in memory of Captain Richard V. Dalton. If a donation is made, please include a reference for notice to Mrs. Pat Dalton at 8000 Tarma Street, Long Beach, CA 90808. Please sign the guest book