Dale Lee Willard

September 26, 1941November 12, 2020

Dale Lee Willard was born September 26, 1941 in Dayton, Ohio to Lucille and Donald Willard and died November 12, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida. He was 79 years old. He was educated in the Dayton area public schools and graduated from West Carrollton High School. In May 1960, he married Donetta (DJ) Mainous. They had 3 children: daughters, Lori and Jenny, and a son, Michael. Lori, unfortunately, died hours after she was born.

Dale and his family moved to Sarasota in 1969. He worked in many fields, and retired from the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1996 having served as Director of Governmental Affairs. He was a faithful member of St. Boniface Church and active in a number of community organizations.

Dale was predeceased by his brothers, Bruce and Charles, and his parents, Donald and Lucille. He is survived by his partner of 31 years, Reid Farrell, Jr.; sister, Shayne Lynn Gillam (Jack); former wife and mother of his children, Donetta (DJ) Multer; daughter, Jenny Mahieu (Mark); son, Michael (Stacey); four grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key on Saturday, November 21 at 11 AM, followed by the Committal in the church’s columbarium. COVID protocols will be in place. For those who cannot attend, the service will be broadcast live at And whether in person or at home, it was Dale’s request that everyone wear something blue. Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Boniface Church Memorial Fund (5615 Midnight Pass Rd. Sarasota, FL 34242), Neuro-Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s (722 Apex Rd. Unit A, Sarasota, FL 34240), Tidewell Hospice (5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238), or The Brookhaven Treatment and Learning Center (P.O. Box 127, Chelsea, VT 05038)



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Vicki and Mort Aronson

November 22, 2020

Dear Reid, Jenny and Mike,
We are so sorry for your loss. The service was a beautiful tribute to Dale. Our thoughts are with you.

Love Vicki and Mort

Wilma Grainger

November 20, 2020

To dearest Reid and all Dale’s family and friends,
We were so very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing, and we send our love to you Reid, and our deepest sympathy to all Dale’s loved ones.
Dale will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we are all better people and blessed to have known him.
Love you Reid,

Gar and Wilma
and all the Grainger Family
(Allison & Jean, Michael & Jazz, Elliott & Sam, Oliver & Debora....(and 6 little ones who haven’t met Dale and you, but who know all about you anyway xxxx)

Laura Perry

November 14, 2020

Dear Reid and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of such a life well lived. Reid, you and Dale were a blessing to one another, and you both have also blessed many along your journey. My prayers are with you, now and always.
Much love,

Vincent Scotto

November 14, 2020

Dear Reid
My deepest sympathy and prayers for you, Dale and your entire family. Many virtual hugs my dear friend.

Vinnie Scotto

Dawn Sparling

November 14, 2020

Dear Reid, my heart goes out to you. Dale was a blessing to you and many. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Love and hugs.


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