He was a native of Los Angeles, California and a former resident of Clearlake, California. He was a resident of Crossett for the past 15 years.
Mr. Dye was a 20 year veteran of the United States Navy who served during World War II working on the atomic bomb. He also served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era.
Mr. Dye retired from GTE Phone Company after 20 years. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bastrop, Louisiana, a 32nd Degree Mason who received his 50-year pin, and was a member of the Clearlake Callayomi Masonic Lodge #183.
He enjoyed traveling, surprising people, cross-stitching, and making stained glass. Family was very important to him, and they came before everything else.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Betty Anderson Dye in 2004; a daughter, Delina Schroff; two grandsons, Brian Proctor and Scott Schroff; a great-grandson, Brady Jaxon Dye; his parents, Frank and Virginia Humpherys Dye; three brothers, Jay, Richard and Earl Dye; an infant sister and three sons-in-law, Arthur George Williamson, John Schroff and Lawrence Caldwell.
He is survived by two sons, Randy Dye of San Diego, California and Frank A. Dye, III, of Pearblossom, California; four daughters, Mary Lane of Omaha, Nebraska, Carol Williamson of Crossett, Frances Caldwell of Clearlake, California and Nancy Ebarb and husband, Tom, of Crossett; a brother, Selby Drew of Fort Bragg, California; 27 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services in Arkansas will be held on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with President Arlen Richards and B.J. Dye officiating. Visitation is Saturday, June 8 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.
Funeral services in California will be held on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Clearlake, California. Burial with full Military honors will be at the Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake, California.
Pallbearers are his grandchildren, Mark Hutchinson, B.J. Dye, Stephen Proctor, Ryan Dye, Shaun Proctor, Robert Dye, Tonjaih Thomas, and Trent Elliott.
Memorials may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010.