Smoke Elser writes to Dale's family about Smoke's memories:
"Dear Rachel and family,
My heart is heavy for I've lost a good friend. Dale was a giant among conservation leaders in the state and in the country. I will always remember him from being a wrangler on one of my trips into the Middle Fork of the Flathead where he and the Missoulian, along with Loren Krek started the fight for the Great Bear Wilderness. He came as one of my wranglers to find out what the Forest Service leadership had to say about logging in the Middle Fork.
Dale was one of my mentors and he and I exchanged our love for the wilderness many times. We worked together on many projects that benefitted youth in promoting their love for wilderness. He will never be forgotten for his love of Montana and I can see him now floating on the stretch of the West Fork and on the Bitterroot between Darby and Hamilton doing what he loved the best, catching those big trout.
All our love,
Thelma and Smoke