In Memoriam: Donald Dalton (JD '84)
Pepperdine Caruso Law alumnus Donald Louis Dalton (JD '84) passed away on October 15 as the result of a motorcycle accident. A Celebration of Life will be held on November 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Salt Lake City, UT —Don Dalton – musician, lawyer, surfer, skateboarder, motorcyclist, and father – died on October 15th, 2021 at the age of 64 doing what he loved – riding his motorcycle with a close friend. 'Donzo' lived his life out loud, pushing the boundaries, pouring his passion into everything he touched, and taking all of life's experiences for everything they were worth.
He was born in Salt Lake City to his mother – Marilyn Whitesides, a school librarian, and father – George Dalton, also a lawyer. He grew up with his younger brother, Steve Dalton in San Pedro, California, where he spent his early years, skateboarding, surfing, learning guitar, and absorbing that era's rock n' roll and punk rock. He went on an LDS mission to Mexico City, coming back fluent in Spanish, and adopting Mexican culture as an important piece of him. He went to college at BYU and studied political science and history, the second of which he read, wrote, and pontificated about with friends and family. He went to law school at Pepperdine University in Malibu – which was perfect for developing his profession and spending his free-time surfing. Soon he moved to Utah where he spent many years at the Van Cott Bagley law firm. He eventually started his own law firm, Dalton and Kelley.
Memories may be shared at Legacy.com