Dallas L Coryell

September 28, 1950August 19, 2011

Dallas Lee Coryell (1950-2011) Okemos, MI

Dallas is the only son of Corinne Eleanor Mida and Lee Frank Coryell. Dallas was in his 28th year of teaching in the Okemos Community Schools, serving at Hiawatha elementary at the time of his untimely death. Dallas received his Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in History and English. He completed graduate work through CMU and Michigan State University. He had a total of 39 years as an educator. He spent his summers working as a counselor at Eagle Boys Village in Hersey, MI while attending CMU. Dallas served on a number of Okemos district committees, including Substance Abuse Prevention, Social Studies and Wellness. He developed the Okemos History Walk used by Central Elementary 2nd graders and began the After-School 4th and 5th grade Empires Club (Chess). Among his musical compositions were the school songs for both Central and Edgewood. Dallas was the recipient of the Okemos Education Foundation Commitment to Excellence award in 2006. In Dallas’ own words, “I love teaching! It is so exciting to meet my students each new year as well as stay in touch with those from the past”. (Homepage, Hiawatha Elementary School November 2010). Dallas authored five family histories, wrote poetry and children’s books and for nearly 20 years was an actor and singer in local area dramas and events. He played the part of “Scrooge” for 16 years at the Mount Hope Church in “The Gospel According to Scrooge”. Dallas is the father of one daughter, Kaleigh Lenore (Todd) Lord; two sons, Dallas Theodore (Marianne) Coryell and August Ryan (Ashleigh) Coryell. He also has five grandsons, Spencer Lord, Skylar Lord, Pierce Lord, Dallas Coryell II and Braiden Coryell. A memorial service will be held at Mount Hope Church, 202 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 25, 2011. The family will received friends 1 hour prior at the church. In lieu of flowers, plans are being made for a Memorial Scholarship Fund in Dallas’ name, those desiring may make contributions in c/o Kaleigh Lord (Caryell), P.O. Box 731, Charlotte, MI 48813.On line condolences may be sent at: Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing, MI.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 25, 2011
  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Sheila Parsons

September 9, 2011

I am a long-time friend and Northrop relative of Dallas’s mother, Corrine (Northrop) Mida. The Northrop family is appreciative for the many hours that Dallas spent researching and documenting the family roots, a copy of which was given to my father as a gift. Because Dallas had such an intense interest in history and was gifted in research and writing skills, he was able to trace the Northrop family history to the emigration of Puritans from England to New England (1630-1640), setting forth significant events and dates. He records through narration and diagramming all the offspring of those first New England settlers, and with incredible clarity connects each subsequent generation to current time. Our great grandparents, Julius and Ellen Mary (Luse) Northrop, produced 13 children. In 2010, a Northrop family reunion was held in Saskatchewan, Canada. Much of the contact information to locate the grandchildren (2x, 3x, 4x, etc.) of those 13 children was aided by the work of Dallas Lee (Northrop) Coryell.

Tabitha Smith

September 2, 2011

Our daughter Sabrina Smith was lucky enough to have Mr. Coryell for 3rd grade. Sabrina grew alot last year from his teachings especially with the Empires & The Princess and the Frog play. She shared a special friendship with Mr. Coryell as the Prime Minister of her class. We will all miss his smile in the school halls. With sympathy, The Smith's

Kristen (Lewis) Brown

September 2, 2011

Mr. Coryell was my 5th grade teacher at Edgewood in the mid 90's. When a friend of mine told me that he passed I was deeply saddened. He touched my heart and gave me a love for history and chess. I always hoped I would run into him so I could tell him how profoundly he had touched my life, so I felt an urgency to let someone know. I pray that his legacy will live on through his children, and God bless and comfort you all!

Dan Reid

September 2, 2011

I only saw Dallas once a year, but from what little time I spent with him it was obvious he was was a great person, a rare individual. God Bless !

Andrea Shreve

September 1, 2011

I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Coryell's passing. Kaleigh, my heart goes out to you.
Mr. Coryell was my fifth grade teacher at Edgewood and a top-notch, highly recommended one at that. He fostered a love of learning that has lasted a lifetime in his students; myself included.
I remember even going back to visit Edgewood while in middle school (during choir field trips) and visiting Mr. Coryell was icing on the cake.
I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

Andrea (Neumaier) Shreve

Michael Post

August 31, 2011

Mr. Coryell was the fifth grade teacher at Edgewood for myself and my brother. He was a wonderful person--kind and caring toward his students, passionate about his work, and a greatly positive influence on every youngster who passed through his class. He will be missed.

August 27, 2011


Just wanted you to know I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Arnold & Becky Dolman

Brett Grossman

August 26, 2011

I was extremely saddened to hear about Mr. Coryell's passing. I remember him fondly from my days at Edgewood Elementary school. He was great teacher and endlessly patient with his students. He was our student council "mentor" and I learned a great deal from him. 25 years later I can still remember all the words to "School By the Woods".

My thoughts are with Mr. Coryell's children during this difficult time. Please know that your father made a hugely positive difference to so many of us. I know he will be missed by many.

Pamela and Pete Jimenez

August 25, 2011

We will always remember Dallas as "Scrooge" and also his contribution to the Mt. Hope Church Choir when we lived in Lansing. As a choir member, I had the privilege to know him and his heart for GOD and people. What a legacy he has left behind. We KNOW he is dancing in heaven and enjoying the presence of the LORD.

Leah remembers Teddy and sends her prayers for you and your family.

God Bless -
Pete and Pam Jimenez and daughter Leah Albright

Cindy Hollenbeck

August 25, 2011

Dallas was my son Hunter's teacher last year at Hiawatha and as the "room mom" I was able to get to know him well. He had such a passion for teaching but yet was able to bring humor to the classroom. My son really enjoyed the pieces of the Empire program that were brought into the classroom and was looking forward to doing Empires with Dallas this year. We also had the opportunity to see him perform as Scrooge and couldn't believe the hidden talent that was not observed in the classroom. Truly a man of many hats that will be missed by many -- especially my son Hunter. We will cherish the memories forever and will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
With Love,