Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1917 Archer City Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX


Dale Minniear

Passed away on August 27, 2020

Dale Minniear was welcomed to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, August 27th. He was born August 1, 1949 to C.C. “Bud” Minniear and Gloria Gregory Minniear. He married the love of his life, Carrie, on March 13, 1999. Dale was a life long Wichitan, attending Cunningham and Jefferson Elementary Schools, Barwise Jr. High School and graduating from Rider High School in 1967. He then continued his education, receiving his Bachelors degree from Midwestern University in 1971 and his Master’s degree from Midwestern State University in 1975. Dale then began a dedicated career in education. He first taught in Nocona, Texas for one year. After that year, he came back home to serve the rest of his years in education in Wichita Falls. He taught at Reagan Junior High for 4 years. He then moved to Hirschi High School. He coached golf and taught English during his first years. He then served as dean of boys, assistant principal and then principal of Hirschi from 1987 until 1997. He was passionate about his service to the students and parents at Hirschi. He was instrumental in bringing the food court and graphic arts lab to Hirschi. Mr. Minniear was also present at most Hirschi sporting events. He called these years at Hirschi the happiest of his career. From 1997 until 2003, he served as an administrator for the Wichita Falls I.S.D. at the Education Center heading up the Choice program. After retirement from the W.F.I.S.D., Dale found a second career at Comanche Red River Casino. He worked there as Compliance Manager until 2017, when he retired again. He made many friends at the casino and was known for playing practical jokes on his co-workers. Dale had a life long love of sports and the outdoors. He enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams. He delighted in watching his sons’ and grandsons’ sporting events. He also found pleasure spending days hunting, fishing and playing golf. He and Carrie enjoyed traveling, taking cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean and visiting many special places in the United States. He and Carrie are members of Park Place Christian Church. Dale is survived by his wife Carrie; his sons Toby and wife Amanda; Shane and wife Katie; his daughter Carissa Long and husband Nicholas; step-son Blair Hix; his precious grandchildren, Gabriel Pelletier, Carson Minniear, James Long, Issac Minniear, Carley Long and Landon Hix; his brother, Danny Minniear and wife Jane; his sisters Lisa Adams and husband Jimmy; and Brenda Gee. He is also survived by a large group of extended family. A celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Monday, August 31 at 10 AM at Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home. A family visitation will be Sunday, August 30 from 2 to 4. The family requests memorials be made in Dale’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wichita Falls (901 Indiana St., Suite 350, Wichita Falls, Texas 76309), Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Park Place Christian Church Playground for All fund (4400 Call Field Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76308). Family requests that all guests attending visitation and service wear masks. Monday’s service will be livestreamed on FaceBook. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.hamptonvaughancrestview.com.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, August 31, 2020


  • Inurnment

    Monday, August 31, 2020


Dale Minniear

have a memory or condolence to add?

Stacey Goode

September 2, 2020

Carrie and family,
My prayers are filled with your names. Dale was larger than life. He truly was one of the best human beings Ive had the honor to know. I will always smile when I think of him. Peace and comfort to all of you in the days ahead. I know you take comfort knowing you will see him again. Until then carry him in the pockets of your heart and watch him come alive in the faces of your grandbabies.
Much love to you,
Stacey Horschler-Goode

Church staff, Faith Baptist Church

August 30, 2020

Our sympathy to Toby and all the family in the death of Mr. Minniear. Our prayers and concern are with you at this time of loss. May God give you His strength and surround you with His peace and love.

Mark Middleton

August 30, 2020

Dear Carrie and family,

We pray God's grace and peace for you and your family as we remember Dale. Dale was a blessing for our family and we enjoyed talking with him at the family reunions. His kind and giving heart was evident when he took the time to teach my young son (as well as my wife, daughter and myself) how to play the game of chess. He even gave my son the chess set he used to teach him, so he could continue to play. We will always have fond memories of Dale.

God bless,
Mark, Leslie, Keenan and Caitlin Middleton

Diane Goodson Hail

August 30, 2020

Dear Carrie,
Was so sorry to see this about Dale this morning. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I always enjoyed Dale cause he made me smile and laugh. A really good guy!!
God Bless,
Diane Hail

Jolene & Mike Welch

August 30, 2020

Mr. Minniear was the principal at Hirschi when our daughters were in school. It’s been a pleasure meeting him and Carrie on the soccer fields in a different role as grandparents. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Linda Donart Young

August 29, 2020

Our family first met Dale when he coached Brady in T-Ball. Brady continued to play for the Cobras, Danny Minniear and Brady’s Dad coaching until our boys aged out of Y baseball. We won many championships but more importantly built amazing friendships. Dale was an amazing role model for our boys, an incredible leader in education and someone who loved family. His boys meant the world to him and Shane and Toby know your Dad touched hundreds of lives and left a positive mark on our world. Danny he loved you and yes he enjoyed making you look silly. We know you’re hurting and you miss him.
Love to all,
Linda, Brady, Chelsea and our families

Tana Gilkerson Chesky

August 29, 2020

Dear Carrie, I am so sorry for your loss. Dale lived an amazing life. I'm so glad you were with him. Know that you are in my thoughts. This has been a long journey.

Karen Price

August 29, 2020

Brenda, I’m so sorry to read of your brother’s death. I remember how fond you were of him and how he was an inspiration for you completing your teaching degree. That sure changed the future not only for you, but 100’s of kids in WFISD! I know he will be missed. 😢❤️


August 28, 2020

I first met Dale when I was on the police dept. making a call at Hirschi. He was always helpful and nice. His care for the School and kids was easy to see, he loved them. He was truly a Great guy that made kids feel good and safe at school. He cared. Later he became a part of my family as my son married his niece. He will be truly missed always a happy face and story to tell. God speed Dale. So sorry for all who loved him. Derek

Grace Lindsay-Crusoe

August 28, 2020

Mr Minniear was one of my favorites through my High School years at Hirschi High. I have fond memories of him being one of the best teachers ever. My heart and prayers go out to his whole family ♥️


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