April 10, 1943 ~ October 26, 2022

Born in: Detroit, MI
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Donald Blair Dalton, 79, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at CarePartners Solace Center.

Mr. Dalton was born April 10, 1943, in Detroit, MI, to the late Fred McDowell Dalton and Helen Mary Kuhns Dalton. He served our country in the US Air Force, and achieved a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts. He formerly taught theatre and speech and he also traveled the country with the Rodgers Company producing many large scale events.

He also served as CEO of Chambers of Commerce in Pompano Beach, Winter Park, and Hollywood, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen K. Cheng, daughters, Deidre Kiefer and Dana Dalton and granddaughters Elizabeth and Amanda Kiefer.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Tomlinson, wife of Jerry Tomlinson.

Funeral services will be led by Pastor Jonathan Michael at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2022, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The US Air Force Memorial Team will provide military honors. His family respectfully requests that masks be worn.

Private burial will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Pisgah Academy Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 21 Academy Drive, Candler, NC 28715.


Funeral Service: November 1, 2022 4:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Dear family,
    I am saddened by the grief that you are feeling.
    Knowing of God’s love for you, continue looking to him when ” He will wipe all tears from our eyes, death, pain, and suffering will be no more. ” – Revelation 21:3,4
    He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing. ” – 1 Corinthians 15:26
    It comforts our hearts to know this pain will be a thing of the past and through Christ a resurrection for our loved ones.
    love from a stranger,

  2. So sorry for your loss. Donnie was a good friend for many years. I have fond memories dating back to high school. He will be missed

  3. Dear Dalton Family.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Don was an important part of Roberts and my life for many years. Sadly I lost Robert last year. I will continue to miss them both. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May his soul Rest In Peace πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ₯²πŸ₯²
    Ina Rentzer


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