Dale Eugene Struiksma
December 12th, 1961 - February 5th, 2022
La Quinta, California- Dale Eugene Struiksma went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, February
6, 2022. Dale was very loved by his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
Dale was born in Slayton, Minnesota on December 13, 1961 to Marvin and Carol Struiksma. In 1964, when Dale was 2
years old, Marvin and Carol moved to Southern California. Growing up, Dale and his brothers Mike and Jeff shared a
common love for playing sports. Dale attended Valley Christian High School and graduated in 1980. Shortly after
graduating Dale began his career working in the family business. He enjoyed his many roles over the years, working with
his family, and seeing God bless their company. In September of 1981 Dale met Sheri Douma on a blind date. He knew
quickly she was “the one” and they were married on June 4, 1983.
Dale and Sheri had 3 sons, Bradley, Matthew, and Wade. Dale had a passion and love for the outdoors which he made a
priority to pass down to his family by taking them on countless camping, fishing, and hunting trips. Dale also loved
watching and teaching them to play sports as kids. He had a gift for coaching and teaching and used these gifts by
participating in many of his sons’ teams growing up. Dale also used his passion for sports and coaching by serving as a
Valley Christian Football coach for 17 years. He loved teaching “young men” the game of football but more importantly
Faith, Family, and Friends were always at the top of Dale’s priority list. Dale was known for his protective nature and
teaching habits. He was always making sure that his wife and kids knew and loved the Lord. He cared deeply for his
family and always made a point of ensuring their safety. Dale could figure out and fix just about anything and he loved
“coaching” others through the skills and life lessons he had learned. Everything Dale did, was motivated by his love for
Sheri and his kids. As his grandchildren arrived his motivation and love grew all the more; they were his pride and joy.
His face would light up anytime one of them was around and again he never missed an opportunity to “coach” them.
Dale was also known to be an extremely loyal friend. He could be counted on to offer a true and sincere listening ear
and often gave sound advice but only after listening intently.
Dale will be very missed by many but his legacy here on earth will live on through his family and friends. We mourn his
loss, but as we mourn, we do not mourn without hope, because today is also a happy day. Dad reminded his family of
this often as we enjoyed family time around the barbecue that the day he is no longer here we are to be happy as he is
in a better place. He always joked about throwing a party instead. Dale loved Jesus, and long-ago accepted Him as his
Lord and Savior. God’s Word assures us that Dale is now in the presence of the Almighty and Sovereign God of the
universe. There are no more tears. There is no more pain. He is literally in the presence of God, and will be for eternity.
Dale will always be remembered by his loving wife Sheri, Sons and Grandchildren Bradley and Jenna Struiksma (Riley,
Aubrey, Avery, Colton), Matthew and Shannon Struiksma (Hudson, Harper), Wade and Emily Struiksma, Parents Marvin
and Carol Struiksma, and Brothers Michael (Barbara) Struiksma, Jeffrey (Cynthia) Struiksma, Father-In-Law Fred Douma,
Brother and Sister-In Laws Susan (John) Vander Schaaf, Beth Anne (Neil) Brouwer, Pamela (James) Auman, in addition to
many, Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, and Friends. He was preceded in death by his Mother-In-Law Narleen Douma and his
Nephew John William Vander Schaaf.
***In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Valley Christian Schools in memory of Dale Struiksma***