Dal Franklin Ames

August 27, 1944August 5, 2012

DAL FRANKLIN AMES August 27, 1944 - August 5, 2012

Dal F. Ames, 67, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho from effects of End Stage Renal Disease. Dal was born to Dal Franklin Ames and Ann Watchko Ames on August 27, 1944 in Altadena, California. He grew up in Sierra Madre, California. Dal graduated from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Soil Science in 1966. Dal began work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in January 1967 in The Dalles, Oregon. There, he met Barbara Ball and they were married on December 16, 1967. Three children were born while in The Dalles. Dal worked as a Soil Scientist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He surveyed soils in north central Oregon for 8 years out of The Dalles and Condon. He moved his family to Holbrook, Arizona to work for 2 years in Navajo County. Then in 1977, he and his family transferred to Twin Falls, where he completed his career. Dal had a lifelong love of baseball. He coached both of his sons in Little League and Babe Ruth and continued coaching for another 15 years. He was a long time L.A. Dodgers fan and enjoyed travelling to Arizona for Spring Training baseball games. Dal's other love was fishing. He grew up fishing with his father, and continued with his father-in-law and Barbara. His greatest joy was teaching his grandchildren to fish. Dal was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest sister, Susie Ames Slobodien. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ames, of Twin Falls; son, Kevin Ames of Gilbert, Arizona; daughter, Molly (Marcus) Teal of Las Vegas, Nevada; and son, Jeff (Tennille) Ames of Fairbanks, Alaska; 6 grandchildren: Avery and KJ Ames, Teegan and Aidrik Teal, Kara and Mary Ames, and 2 step-granddaughters, Analise and Tianna; his sister, Dianne Bennett of Santa Ana, California; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jan and Irwin Gordon of Garibaldi, Oregon; and by several nieces and nephews. At Dal's request, no formal funeral will be held. The family will have a private memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at White Mortuary, “Chapel by the Park”, Twin Falls. Family and friends may share their memories at


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Dennis Bowyer

August 12, 2012

It was a sad day for me when I heard Dal passed away. I first met Dal when he started coaching his three kids baseball teams. Later on Kevin, Molly, and Jeff all worked for the Parks & Recreation Department. Dal and Barbara did a great job raising the three of them. My prayers and thoughts are with the Ames family, Dal was a great man.

August 10, 2012

I'm proud to have known and worked with Dal Ames. I came to Gooding, Idaho in 1984 to be a professional Civil Engineer with the SCS/NRCS. At that time there were soil survey crews stationed in Burley, Twin Falls, and Gooding in the Magic Valley. I suppose that I didn't work as much with Dal in the 1980's, as after 1992 when the other soil survey areas had been completed. I worked as the only "resident" engineer with the agency until the mid-1990's when the big dairy lagoon push was on. This is probably when I worked with Dal the most, coordinating on dairy lagoon site soils and investigations. I always liked that he had his ladder in the pickup, because sometimes the dairy owners didn't give him good access to the soils excavations. Dal's office at the Deere Street location was in the basement, which was where I often had to go to access the available "modern" computer. Since Dal usually packed his lunch (as did I), we shared a few lunches together in his "dungeon". Dal was much like me; kinda quite/gentile and not getting too damn mad at what was happening. However, I do know that he had strong opinions towards some things. I trust that he enjoyed retirement for those few years. Your family was blessed with a good soul and patriarch...
Ken Hasfurther - Gooding, Idaho

Chad Heider

August 8, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ames family this day. Dal taught me so much about the game of baseball and I have loved it since I was a young child. You were great neighbors and Jeff was always one of my closest childhood friends. May you all find comfort and peace at this time in your loss of a great husband and father. Again my love and prayers are with you this day.

White Mortuary and Crematory "Chapel by the Park"

August 7, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.