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November 9, 1933 — August 2, 2022

Alan Jay Dayley (88) died peacefully at his home in South Ogden on August 2, 2022. He spent his final days in the loving company of his family, including his wife of sixty-three years, Joanne Barker Dayley. Admired for his tireless work ethic and good humor, Alan’s legacy of service, good humor and kindness touched the lives of all who knew him. With deep loyalty to his family, church, community and country, Alan led a rich life full of meaning, influence and consequence. The love he shared will resonate for generations and last into the eternities.

Born in Ogden on November 9, 1933, to Gladys May Nate and C. Lee Dayley, Alan lived his first eighteen years in the Dayley family home on 22nd Street. He attended Ogden Schools and the LDS Thirteenth Ward where he made lasting friendships.

In 1953, after graduating from Weber Jr. College, Alan enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. Trained as a Master Radioman 2nd Class, he served on a supply ship departing from Pearl Harbor and witnessed four ocean-going nuclear tests. After active duty, Alan joined the Navy Reserves and became an Intelligence Officer, achieving the rank of Captain in 1966. Active in the Utah State Blue & Gold team, he spent many years as a recruiting officer for the US Naval Academy. A recipient of a Joint Service Commendation Medal and a National Defense Medal, Alan counted his 30 years of military service among his greatest joys.

From 1956 to 1958, Alan served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London, England. To get to London, he traveled by train from Utah to New York and then boarded the Queen Mary, the famous transatlantic ship. As mission secretary to the president, Elder Dayley helped coordinate the dedication of the London Temple and later persuaded Church travel agents that it was more economical to fly missionaries to Europe than to ship them . Through his efforts, his cohort of outgoing missionaries became the first in Church history to return to the United States from Europe by air.

Upon his return from London, he attended BYU to study English. He married Joanne Barker in the Salt Lake Temple on August 14, 1959. (They had first met in 1933 at the nursery of Ogden Dee Hospital, having arrived on earth just two days apart.) Living for a short time in Bountiful, the young couple later settled in the Burch Creek area of ​​South Ogden where they raised three children. Alan enjoyed traveling with his family. He often remarked that he gave his children “roots and wings”.

Hired by Weber State in 1962 while completing a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Utah, Alan had a fifty-eight-year career as a university administrator. At Weber, Alan’s titles included Dean of Men, Dean of Students, Assistant to the President, Director of Grants and Contracts, Director of the Multicultural Center, and University Ombudsman. A fixture on campus, “Dr. Dayley” has counseled and guided countless students through graduation. In 2009, Weber State presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A strong supporter of Weber’s athleticism State and the Wildcat Club, he enjoyed WSU basketball and football season tickets for decades.

As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alan has served in numerous ward and stake offices. As Bishop of the 92nd Ward (a bachelor’s ward), he proudly oversaw dozens of marriages and often took credit for the pairing. He has served as stake executive secretary to three stake presidents and has enjoyed a long-time position as regional director of public affairs for northern Utah. For many years he was involved with the Interfaith Works Coalition of Ogden, helping to foster relationships between the various religious communities in Ogden.

A founding member of the Mt. Ogden Rotary Club, Alan has organized many service initiatives with local and global impact. He rarely missed a meeting and served one term as chapter president.

Of all his pursuits and accomplishments, none surpassed his success as a husband, father, and grandfather. His love and support for his family knew no bounds. It was fitting that just three days before his death, under hospice care at home and while experiencing rapid physical decline, Alan had insisted that he attend his family’s multi-day reunion at Heber Canyon, an event he would and Joanne host each summer. “I want to come out laughing, not crying,” he clapped. Commemorating the happy event with a family photo while surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren turned out to be the last accomplishment of his life.

The surviving family includes his wife Joanne; three children, Cheryl Quackenbush (Gary), Lisa Newman (Mark), Robert Dayley (Carrie); 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin Dayley and Leland Dayley, and two sisters, Karen Glass and Darlene Scott. He was predeceased by his father C. Lee Dayley, his mother Gladys May Nate, his stepmother Lila Blanchard Dayley, as well as his older brother Doug Dayley and his two grandchildren, Hannah Barker Dayley and Sarah Fletcher Dayley. .

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at LDS Burch Creek 3rd Ward Meeting House, 5161 S. 1300 E., South Ogden. Friends may visit family Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ogden Mortuary in Lindquist, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. A dedication will follow at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, the Dayley family is asking for cash donations to the Alan and Joanne Dayley Endowment for Students with Disabilities at Weber State University (donate at or call 801-626-6073 to More details). The family gives special thanks to the wonderful staff at Active Hospice for helping Alan through his final days at home surrounded by his family.

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