In Loving Memory

Dale M. Kidder

February 3, 1954 - January 3, 2022


Dale M. Kidder, a recent resident of Daphne, AL, was born on February 3, 1954, and departed this earthly life on January 3, 2022, following a brave battle against pulmonary fibrosis, while awaiting a double lung transplant.

Dale is survived by his wife, Denise; son, James M. Kidder (Stephanie); grandsons, Riley and Corbin; sisters, Robin Pals and Jackie Rodriguez (Oscar); brothers-in-law, Gary Watford (Lori) and Dana Watford (Vicki); many amazing nieces, nephews; lifelong friend, Greg Buckley; and other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brother, Steven.

Dale was born in Alpena, MI, to Gary and June Kidder. He often referred to himself as a “military brat” and lived in many locations including Canada, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, and Texas (which he often referred to as home growing up). In his later years, Dale considered Mexico Beach, FL home, living there for over 17 years before moving to Daphne, AL.

Dale’s favorite hobbies were fishing, golf, and just chilling at the beach with family and friends. Many of those who met or knew Dale, will remember his love of music and his infectious laugh. Dale loved being near any beach or body of water, no matter the location. Dale also loved animals, especially dogs. In the past 40 plus years, he was preceded in death by 8 pampered and spoiled fur babies. There was always the joke among family and friends whenever he said, “I love you,” his wife knew he was usually talking to one of the beloved dogs. Upon Dale’s wishes, his ashes will be mixed with theirs and spread around his favorite places, which include Mexico Beach, FL, Orange Beach, AL, Blue Ridge, GA and San Antonio, TX.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on a future date. In lieu of flowers, Dale requested donations be made to local homeless shelters, Humane Societies, or local animal shelters.

Please sign the guest book, share your thoughts and/or memories with the family and view photos at To view Dale’s tribute video you can go to:

Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Robin

    Such a good brother to me and a good mentor as I raised 3 girls , he always looked at the bright side and always with a laugh, I remember his phrase , he would always say to me, don’t ya know at the end of a sentence, I am so Thankyou for all the beach times we had together with my sister and Dale, lots of fun and Dale was such a good cook on the grill, no one can make a Bloody Mary like Dale. Give ’em alittle hell Dale, I love you so

  2. Robin Pals

    Denise, you were a part of our beach times also, love you to the moon and back! You were always so gracious to us, you have been like a sister♥️

  3. Susan Williamson

    Praying for you daily Denise as you walk through the days ahead, that the Lord will give you strength and grace to see you through. Know that your family is here for you and love you dearly. Love your cousin, Susan

  4. Gary Watford

    Family and friends, the tread that binds the fabric of life. Dale’s tread was long and strong and still binds us, his family and friends in our own patchwork of life.
    Dale, may your heavenly lies be tight and your music loud. Miss you brother!

  5. Jackie Rodriguez

    He was a noble man who showed nothing but positive attitude thru his
    many obstacles in life. He brought much happiness to many. Always a smile and a helping hand -he was a sensitive man who wanted nothing more than to live his life with dignity
    and do the right thing. I think if him often and miss him much

  6. Laura A Vidaurri

    I have fond memories of Dale in the Record Hole days way back when. He exuded a quiet confidence and a joyful nature. He was always kind and his laughter was infectious.… truly a beautiful soul. Godspeed, Dale…you will not be forgotten. Denise, I wish you comfort and peace in the days that come…take care and be well.


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