Featured Friday - Dale & Margy Family

September 24, 2015

Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone. No - a GINORMOUS drop zone with a lot of people from visiting jumpers to local jumpers, to staff, pilots, instructors, ground crew, maintenance, manifest to teams, event orgnizers and load organizers!!! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock!

In this week's series, meet an extraordinary family who went skydiving for the first time. But not just a few members, rather 4 generations who came to celebrate their grandfather's life who dreamed of skydiving, but sadly passed before his 90th birthday. However, his family carried out his dream in style! Meet the Dale & Margie Family!

Family 1

What inspired your family to jump out of an airplane?
Our father was inspired by President Bush's jump for his 90 birthday and told our mom that he would like to jump on his 90th. Unfortunately, our dad passed away 4 months before his 90th birthday. But our mom decided we would jump in his honor, which happened to be her 90th birthday weekend. 

Tell us more about your dad, Dale:
My dad was a WWII bomber pilot, worked for the same company his whole life, loved his family, golf and had the best sense of humor of anyone we knew or know.
How many generations of family members made the jump?
We had 3 generations of family members jumping, from 90 years old down to 28 years 

[Margie & her children]

Where did everyone come from to make this monumental jump?
Our family traveled from Montana, Colorado, Texas and Arizona, and Arkansas.  17 adults jumped. 3 adults, 6 great grandchildren and 4 of our mom's friends from Green Valley were cheering us on from the ground. 

[The Grandkids]

Many people walk away with a different perspective after skydiving. Sometimes it inspires people to "let go" or that it's ok to face your fears. What's one thing that your family can sum up after your first jumps?

I believe we all walked away with various feelings...some said that they would jump again, others probably not and few said, heck no, but regardless, everyone was grateful for the opportunity and we were thankful to be able share such an exciting experience with my mom and each other. 

[Margie, 90-years old, celebrating her husband's life]

Anything else you'd like to add?
It was such a unique and beautiful way to celebrate our father's incredible life. 
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