Benjamin Dalton
Benjamin Jeffrey Dalton, age 59, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021 at his home in Arlington, Texas. Jeff was born on November 11, 1961 in Fort Worth, Texas to Benjamin and Molly Dalton. Jeff graduated from Arlington High School in 1980 and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni. He graduated from Princeton University in 1984 with a degree in Geriatric Psychology and was a proud Tigertone. Jeff produced a cable television show called "Elderly Issues" and provided support for local elderly patients in medical care for long-distance families. Jeff enjoyed traveling, setting up Camp "La Mona Rosa" at the Kerrville Music Festival, saving and fostering lost dogs and cats, watching football, deep conversations, roaring fires, and taking care of "his Kathy". He was Uncle Jeff to a plethora of children among family and friends who delighted in his antics, wild adventures, firework displays, and his proud presence at all of their activities. Jeff was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Kathy Traylor Dalton, and his father, Benjamin Dalton. Survivors include his mother, Molly Dalton of Arlington, one sister, Dinah and husband Chris Menger of Arlington, brothers-and-sister-in-law, Roy and Nita Beth Traylor, Jack Traylor of Naples; cousins Timothy and Bryan Crusius; seven nieces and nephews, Claire Gierber and husband Tyler, Samuel Menger and wife Danielle, Anna Menger and fiance Parker, Jan Ragland and husband Alan, Jyl Wood and husband Bryan, Lynn Burgess and husband Randy, and Casey Traylor and wife Rae Lynn; and many beloved great nieces and nephews. A memorial service, presided by Pastor Charles Wade, will be held on Saturday June 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the I.M. Terrell Academy located at 1900 IM Terrell Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, followed by reception in the foyer. Jeff's ashes will be buried alongside his wife at the Springhill Cemetery in Naples, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Animal Welfare Institute by visiting their website: www.awionline.org. Special thanks to Wade Funeral Home for their help and support with arrangements in this sad time for our family.

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  1. Jeff & I went to school together from 1st grade through high school. I’ll never forget him offering to be my last minute date to a friend’s wedding. We had a great time. That was Jeff…always there when he was needed. He was such a nice and caring guy. Jeff was very loved and will be greatly missed. Until we meet again. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  2. Jeff was a classmate for many years, maybe from first grade on. He was one of the “popular kids” and kind, friendly, approachable. That is such a wonderful combination. I ran into him while walking in the park with my dad a few years ago. I had not seen Jeff in over 30 years, and he recognized me by my laugh. It was great to see him again! Thank you, Jeff, for your kindness!

  3. I’m two years younger than Jeff so he was a senior when I was a sophomore. I knew of him from playing receiver on the football team and heading off to Princeton, but didn’t know him. Got to know him starting in 2000 when we met at the Arlington Neighborhood Academy where we both attended I think seven or eight sessions to graduate. I live in Lakewood Addition on Briarwood now, just a block over from Jeff’s part of Briarwood across W. Park Row. I’m so happy to read other comments on Jeff about his fierce loyalty and caring as well as his immediate openness and acceptance of others. This is exactly what I always saw on display with him when we interacted. I once lost a pet and he saw my post on Facebook and he and his wife were immediately out looking in the area and did so a number of times. I think I got more leads from Jeff than anyone. I understand from others he was always very caring when it came to help others find lost pets. He also gave me recommendations on adapting my parents’ home for safety as they got older. A great man and so glad I knew him. Tremendous loss for his friends, family and our community. Tom Wilson

  4. Dear Molly,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May God comfort you during these difficult days.

    Gwen Chipman Burk

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