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James "Mike" Dale


James Michael (Mike) Dale was tragically lost December 20, 2020 at 70 years old due to Covid-19 complications. He was a beloved principal, mentor, husband, father, and friend. His adoring wife, three daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandkids, and hundreds of students he considered his own were his legacy.


Mike achieved a Bachelors in Science and a Masters in Education with emphasis in school law. He has served as principal and teacher at Ozark Adventist Academy since 2006 after initially retiring from public school education in Texas for 26 years. Mike was recently awarded “Educator of the Year” and multiple time “Teacher of the Year”. Mike has initiated and sponsored science clubs, volunteer disaster relief groups, work study programs, and fund raised for non-profit education. He is often quoted as saying “Titles and degrees mean nothing if you don’t use them to make a positive impact in the world.”


Funeral service closed to the public due to social distancing, though memorial service to be determined.


Flowers are appreciated though donations to Ozark Adventist Academy would be his personal request.


A live stream of the graveside service will go live on Backstrom-Pyeatte's Facebook page on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 11:30am. You can find a link to help direct you under Tribute Video Tab below.

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It is with the saddest and heaviest of hearts to have learned of Mikes passing. Camp Yorktown Bay is my most beloved place in this world and Mike has the dearest of memories of there, before his OAA days. He was camp director and a good 20 years older than most of the staff, yet he was still one of us kids!! My greatest pranks and being pranked stories ever are tied to Mike, including puppy chow surprise, removing the bumper of his van, stealing laundry and coloring it pink, stuck in a tree, and getting tied to a hitching post and sprayed down!! I hope you and your family knew how much you meant to me and all the staff. I will never forget your smile and amazing spirit. You will Always be in my heart and I cant wait to see you in the big house in the sky. Sleep well until then my friend, love and miss you always, Meredith Church.

Meredith Church Dec 24 2020 12:00 AM

To one of the best teachers ever! May you Rest In Peace! The world has lost a great man indeed. Prayers for you and your wife, daughters and family

Sherida Davis-Robinson Dec 23 2020 12:00 AM