Raymond Dale Ball (or Dale to friends and family) passed away January 8, 2014, having lived a rich and beautiful life. His gift of music and teaching touched many lives, leaving a lasting legacy. Dale started life in Nottinghill, Missouri, a tiny hamlet in the Ozark Mountains. Anyone familiar with Where the Red Fern Grows can visualize his childhood experiences. Although his family loved music, he didn't start playing until high school. This path took him from the hills of Missouri to Buhl, Idaho, as a music teacher, where he met his future wife, Lynne Zornik. Their love bloomed quickly and six months later they married and moved to Boise to start their new life.
Dale touched the cultural life of Boise in many ways, selflessly giving of his time and energy. His career spanned forty years, where he taught junior high and high school choir, and elementary band and orchestra. He directed groups, such as the Kiwanis Boys Choir, the junior high honor orchestra, and Music Week Orchestras. He participated in many organizations, from the Boise Philharmonic to Music Week pit orchestras, the Kings of Swing band to the Master Chorale. Additionally, he taught private lessons and contributed to professional organizations, culminating with being elected President of the Idaho Music Educators Association. His choirs at Borah High School were featured for seven years in NBC Christmas radio broadcasts, the only high school in the nation afforded this privilege. In 1979 he was named Music Educator of the Year for the state of Idaho; he was also inducted into the Idaho Music Educator's Hall of Fame.
His children, Debbie (Mike Worthington) and Doug (Michelle) also grew up with music; Debbie started with the piano and then violin and viola, Doug on cello-he now plays for the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This music is a beautiful gift bestowed by Dale, and the world is a much better place because of him. Some have called Dale 'Boise's Music Man'. As his friend Harry Simons said of him, "Dale hasn't attempted anything, but what it exceeded all expectations and surpassed others in the excellence of his musical groups." This applies to every aspect of Dale's life. When he wasn't steeped in music he loved to backpack, fish, and upholstered furniture as a hobby.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne; his children, Debbie and Doug; six grand children, Rachel and Shanna Worthington, and Cameron, Ryan, Garrett and Alena Ball. He is also survived by his brother Dorlyn Ball, sister Donna Steele, brother-in-Law Tony Zornik and Sister-in-law Bonnie Coiner. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norman and Robert Ball, brother-in-law James Steele.
Funeral services will be held at the LDS chapel at 3229 N Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, ID on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11 am. A viewing will be held at Relyea Mortuary at 318 N Latah St, Boise, ID on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm.
In lieu flowers, donations may be made to the Boise Schools Foundation (Tel: 208-854-4065) or Friends of the Library (Tel: 208 384-4340). Send condolences to the family at: