Beloved husband, brother, stepfather, grandfather, and trusted friend, Dale has been freed from the ravages of Lewy body dementia to run free forever.
Dale is the oldest of six children born in Beaumont, TX to Dr. Dale and Ellen Hume Hager. He received a BBA from SMU, an MBA from Columbia University NYC, and a Certified Financial Analyst title while working at CJ Lawrence in NYC.
Upon his return to Dallas, he became the sole employee of Ackerman Associates, a position he held for many years with his much-admired mentor, Ed Ackerman. He opened his own company in 1987 and traveled extensively with Randy Best in his later years exploring distance learning for underprivileged students across Latin America.
Dale loved sports, especially tennis and golf. He helped organize tennis leagues in the Village and enjoyed playing golf at the Lakewood Country Club and golf leagues at the Metroplex. He and his wife toured beautiful golf resorts in the US and Canada and became an amateur bird watcher in the process. Before the illness incapacitated him, Dale scored two holes in one!
From a young age he took part in distance races. He was SMU Letterman and Team Captain, ran marathons in NYC, Boston, Houston and Dallas and was a member of the Masters National Championship 4×400 and 4×800 teams in 1983. He attended and supported Luke’s All Comers Meets and participated in many 5. part and 10K’s to support various charities. He served as Race Director of the White Rock Marathon and President of the Dallas Cross Country Club.
With a keen interest in running, Dale supported the athletics and cross-country teams at Highland Park HS and enthusiastically guided students through their high school and college careers, always making friends wherever he went. He was interested in therapy and orthopedic surgery for young people and volunteered with Scottish Rite for Children.
But most of all, Dale will be remembered as a gentle, kind, humble man who, at the end of the day, could be found with his wife and the Yorkshire Terriers in the house he loved. He leaves behind his 30-year-old wife, Bettie Broach Hager; Siblings, Fritz Hager, Sr. and wife, Jackie, Lewise Hager Lucaire, Steve Hager, Gordon Hager and wife, Kate, Peter Hager and wife, Jeannie; Stepchildren Patrick Hubbard and wife Mandy and Marianna McGowan and husband Richard.
Dale especially appreciated being “Grandpa Dale” to Bettie’s grandson, US Navy Ens. Thomas McGowan, Maggie McGowan, Jimmy McGowan, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hubbard, and Emily Hubbard. He also enjoyed being “Uncle Dale” to many nieces and nephews. He tracked and supported their activities and loved the time he spent with each of them. Many will miss him very much.
The family thanks UTSW Medical Center doctors Sharon Reimold, MD, James Daniels, MD, Baylor Internist, Akira Numajiri, MD, and Richard Hinton, MD, Neurology Consultants of Dallas. Olaya Yeverino and Graciela Mendoza helped care for Dale at home. The nurses in the long-term care department at CC Young were outstanding. Davin Campbell was particularly helpful to Bettie. Mickey Hunt gave wise advice. Hospice nursing chaplains Eric Markinson and Mary Pat Smith, RN, brought peace and graduation when it mattered.
There will be no funeral at Dale’s request. If desired, reminders of Scottish Rite for Children can be made at scottishriteforchildren.org instead of flowers
Published by Beaumont Enterprise from July 25th to July 26th, 2021.