Merced Sun-Star,  July 11, 2006
 
Theodore A. (Ted) Dallas
December 3, 1928 ~ July 6, 2006
 
Theodore A. (Ted) Dallas passed away peacefully at the age of 77, Thursday July 6, 2006 at his Livingston home.

He was born at home in Atwater, California. He lived in the Atwater-Livingston area most of his life. Ted attended Merced and Livingston schools where he excelled in baseball and football. During his younger years he was one of the best pitchers and all around baseball players in the area. During his junior and senior years he played with the Delhi-Livingston Junior Legion Team. After graduating from Livingston High School he went on to Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, playing with the Santa Clara Broncos. He also played with the well known Atwater Packers during the late 40's and early 50's. He played professional baseball with the Clovis New Mexico Pioneers. He played semi-pro baseball with the Merced Bears, Merced Pepsis and Livingston Merchants.

Ted met his wife of 56 years, Barbara Phillips at a Le Grand High School dance after a basketball game. They lived in Livingston their entire married life.

Ted farmed sweet potatoes with his dad Ted and brother Bob for many years. They also farmed watermelons. Ted and his dad were among the founding members of California Sweet Potato Growers in 1963. Later he added peaches and almonds to his farming operation. He retired two years ago giving him more time to enjoy his hobbies.

Ted was an avid duck and bird hunter and fisherman. He formed the Ted Dallas Duck Club. He loved the comradeship of his fellow hunters. The hunting season gave him time to enjoy his cribbage games with the boys.

Ted also enjoyed fishing with his other group of buddies. He also had a special bond with these fellows. Morning coffee chats at the local coffee shop were one of his favorite activities.

Ted also liked playing the ponies. He was a regular every year at the Stockton Fair horse races. Fantasy baseball was another hobby he was avid about. He played golf for many years while being a member of the Turlock G. & C. C. and later the Merced G. & C. C. He was an excellent crossword puzzle solver. Always using a pen to fill in the puzzle.

Ted never met a stranger. He could talk to a fence post if it would listen. He had a lot of interesting stories to tell about either baseball, hunting, fishing or farming. We will miss these stories.

Ted was a member of Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl Association, Cling Peach Association, California Sweet Potato Council, and Lefty-Righty Golf Association.

Ted's constant companion and best friend was his faithful dog Tigger. Tigger was at his master's side when he passed on.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore J. and Mary Dallas: his son, Theodore A. Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Dallas; brother, Robert Dallas; daughter, Diane Dallas; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; family and friends.

Visitation will be July 12, 2006 from 1 to 5 P.M. at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, Atwater, California, rosary 6 P.M. at St. Anthony's Church, Atwater, California. Graveside memorial service July 13, 2006 at 10 A.M., Winton Cemetery, Winton, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to Children's Hospital Central California, 9300 Valley Children's Place, Madera, California 93638; Hinds Hospice, P.O. Box 763, Merced, CA 95340 or the charity of your choosing.

All arrangements are entrusted to Wilson Family Funeral Chapel.