April 3, 1943 – April 3, 2014
Dale Thomas Sollars, 71, of Forest City, N.C. and formerly of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away on his birthday, April 3, 2014.
He was the son of the late Fredrick Warren Sollars, Sr. and Irene Huband Sollars of Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Corrie Ann Sollars, his children, Christopher Laurence (Amalia) Sollars, Beth Ann Sollars and Patricia Ann (Xavier) Quevedo; his nine grandchildren, and his brother, Fredrick Warren Sollars, Jr., He was a steadfast member of the Baha’i Faith, serving the Baha’i community on local, regional, and national institutions. Dale and Ann brought the Faith to Blackfoot, Idaho and were members of the Local Spiritual Assembly there for many years, before leaving for service in the Holy Land, where he served for 5 years as the Coordinator/Manager of the Works Office at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.
While in Blackfoot, Dale was an avid cyclist, with his own bike repair shop. He and Ann made many long distance tours on their tandem and he was an active supporter of the Snake River Century Ride. He also a great supporter of the Blackfoot Swim Team. Dale worked as a Senior Engineer with Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a lifelong accomplished athlete. He shared his love for the outdoors and sports with everyone he met and his enthusiasm was captivating. He naturally reached out to people of all abilities and strived to inspire them. After retiring to Forest City, N,C., Dale discovered disc golf. He quickly became an ambassador for the sport. He was a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association, and owner of Red Dirt Discs of North Carolina. He designed and installed disc golf courses at numerous schools in Rutherford and Cleveland counties, an 18-hole course at South Mountain Christian Camp in Bostic, N.C., and a course on the campus of Isothermal Community College. He was a marketing consultant for the non-profit Educational Disc Golf Experience, Inc. and conducted instructional clinics for vast numbers of students and teachers. A private graveside service was held by the family on Sunday, April 6, 2014 and a Memorial Celebration gathering is planned for family and friends at South Mountain Christian Camp on Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your favorite charity in Dale’s name.