William James Dalton

December 3, 1942March 22, 2021

William “Bill” Dalton was born December 3, 1942 in San Francisco, California. Bill was the youngest of 5 siblings born to Florence and Aloysius Dalton. Born and raised to a hard-working blue-collar family, Bill quickly learned the value of hard work. In 1967, Bill’s hard work later paid off when he was promoted to Plant Manager of Moore’s Plastics company and transferred to Los Angeles and moved to Garden Grove. Bill always had a passion for law enforcement and was hired, in 1972, as a police officer for the Garden Grove Police Department and finished as the #1 graduating recruit in his academy class. Bill’s keen eye and impeccable memory earned him several awards throughout his career including the “10851” pin, for the most stolen vehicle recoveries and the department highest honor, the Medal of Valor, for saving the life of a robbery/hostage victim. Bill quickly moved up the ranks where he retired as a Lieutenant, in 1998.

Bill continued his commitment that year and was elected to serve as a Councilman for the City of Garden Grove. Bill would later go on to serve a total of 14 years on the council, 6 as a councilman and 8 as the Mayor. Bill served on many boards and commissions during his tenure on the council. After 40 years of dedicated service to the city, Bill retired to spend time with his family. In retirement, Bill was able to dedicate more time to his #1 passion, his family. Bill also enjoyed antique cars, police and fire patch and badge collecting, and 50’s music trivia.

Bill has lived in Garden Grove, since 1967, with his wife Sandy, of 59 years, and their six children, Patricia, William Jr., Pamela, Paula, Robert, and Brian. Bill is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill's honor to St. Columban School or City of Hope.


  • William Dalton III
  • Tyler Dalton
  • Cameron Dalton
  • Jacob Scherer
  • Joshua Dalton
  • Alex Dalton
  • Anthony Dalton
  • William Dalton IV


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021


William James Dalton

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Paula Dalton

April 3, 2021


You are my hero❤️ You are my forever Guardian Angel! I Love You! 💚Paula

Jorge & Gloria Barragan

March 31, 2021

A good friend has left us but not without leaving us with good memories
We will always remember when we first met the Dalton’s at St. Columban School back in the old days when their children and ours attended elementary school together. The days of Sandy coaching our oldest daughter Yadira and the moments that Gloria spent volunteering with Sandy at school events.
But the most memorable day is when Bill and Sandy attended our 40th wedding anniversary. Their gift of an official Certificate congratulating us as well as the pouch with those special coins commemorating our anniversary will be a keepsake for days to come. We will always think of Bill and Sandy every time we look at them.

May God give you peace and comfort in this difficult times.
Will keep you in our prayers.

Jorge and Gloria Barragan

Don Reid

March 27, 2021

First time I met Bill was early 1970's. Friend forever, felt like I knew him from day one. Really great guy, devoted Law Enforcement Officer and a great Mayor. RIP Bill.

Dawn Jennings

March 25, 2021

My memory is having my parents, Don and Dee Burnett, being friends with Bill and Sandy Dalton. We lived on the same street as the Daltons as kids. Mike, Dave and I grew up with their kids and hung out with them always. My parents traveled with Bill and Sandy even after we moved and stayed life long friends. I always remember Bill telling jokes and my dad laughing very loudly, LOL. My parent's loved Bill Dalton. Mr. Dalton in my eyes was always very sweet and very calm. An amazing man who took care of his family.
The Burnett Family love The Dalton family and our heart goes out to you during this time. We have nothing but fond memories. Love, Dawn, Mike, Don, Dee and David.

Pam Dalton Scherer

March 24, 2021


Pam Dalton Scherer

March 24, 2021

Best Friends Forever💙

Skip and judy McKinney

March 23, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We have many fun memories of Alaska Cruise with you, hoping knowing he’s not suffering helps during these difficult days. Prayers to all of you