Raymond “Dale” Adkins, 82, peacefully went to be with his Lord while at his home in Orcutt on Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Born October 11, 1935 in Wetumka, Oklahoma, he was the son of Lowell Andrew Adkins and Florence Lula (Harkins) Adkins. Dale graduated from Wetumka High School in 1953. He attended Oklahoma State for two years where he studied history and played basketball, aspiring to one day be a basketball coach. Life led him in a different direction when he joined the National Guard while working for Western Electric. In 1958, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years at Fort Ord. While in basic training, he began writing to the sister of a fellow service member, Bill Clark. They corresponded for two years until Dale decided it was time to meet her. Dale and Joan were engaged one week later and married in less than four months. He and Joan eventually moved to Santa Maria, where he went to work for Federal Electric at VAFB and later for Pacific Telephone (now AT&T) as a communications technician. He retired in 1985.
Retirement did not last long, as he spent many years supporting Joan and her studio, Adkins' Dance Center (formally Adkins' School of Dance), in Orcutt. Anyone who ever came to the dance studio knew Dale, as he was an integral part of the business doing everything from cleaning, preparing music, planning recitals, and traveling with the dancers to competitions and performances. After selling the studio in 2004, Dale and Joan kept in touch with many of their former dancers they had watched grow up, considering them to be the daughters they never had.
Dale loved basketball, golfing, bowling, dancing, traveling, tandem bike riding with Joan, and spending time with his grandsons. He is well-remembered for his many colorful stories of his childhood in Oklahoma. Dale was a charter member of St. Louis de Montfort Church, where he developed many friendships over the years.
Dale is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Joan Marie (Clark) Adkins. He is also survived by his two sons Jeffrey (and partner Michael Murtha) of Philadelphia and Steven (and wife Jeanne) of Orcutt, his grandsons, Jacob and Zackery Adkins, as well as nephews Wade and Randy Griggs and niece Cheryl Frazier. Dale will also be forever remembered by his many great nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lowell and Florence Adkins and sister Freda “Doozie” Griggs.
A rosary service will be held on Friday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church in Orcutt with a reception following. Interment will be held at a later date at Dudley-Hoffman Memory Gardens.
Memorial donations in memory of Dale may be made to Wounded Warriors or a charity of the donor's choice.
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