Remembering the Life of Dale Carpenter, a Yakima Philanthropist
YAKIMA, WA -- The community of Yakima carries a heavy heart after losing one of their finest. 63-year-old Dale Carpenter passed away Friday after battling brain cancer for years. Dale's wife, Marci, said growing up he and his large family shopped at Salvation Army and depended on food donations for holiday dinners. He knew what it was like to be down and out. That's why he devoted his life to giving to others. It's barely 10 degrees, but Pete Bansmer has a smile on his face as he rings the Salvation Army Bell collecting change. He said his charitable ways are influenced by none other than Dale Carpenter. "He was just a tireless guy," said Bansmer. "He encouraged everybody he was around." "It wasn't about him, it was about those people that were out there that had needs," said Shereen Stocker. "Dale's just one of a kind," said Sheri Bissell. "He is by far the most unselfish, generous, humble man I have really ever known." Dale touched the lives of many through his generosity. You could find him standing outside Wray's grocery store collecting items for Salvation Army's Operation TINCUP or shipping packaged meals to children in Africa and Latin America as part of the "Feed the 5,000" program. His friends said no one could quite do charity like Dale did. "You couldn't say no to Dale," said Bissell. "You just couldn't because you knew everything that Dale did himself. So how could I say no to Dale when I don't even do 2 percent of what Dale does on any given day." "He always had a good one liner," said Stocker. "You were always laughing." Even though they've lost their mentor, Dale's friends said the legacy he's left in Yakima will last forever.