Dale Forbes, age 70, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 19, 2019. Born October 5, 1948 in Memphis, TN to Casey Hendrix Forbes and Nancy Turnage Forbes.
He grew up in Springdale, where he graduated in 1966. Dale attended the University of Arkansas where he studied music and communication. He was a member of the Razorback marching band performing at half time as the Fab 4 of the trumpet section.
In the late 60’s, he worked as a disc jockey at KBRS radio station in Springdale. Many of you remember him as “The Watermelon Man”. He was a member of the rock and roll band, The Rogues, where he played the bass guitar and trumpet.
Dale later joined forces at the Springdale Police Department, where he was a patrolman. While working for Springdale PD, he met the love of his life of 45 years, Debbie Parten. They proceeded to have three children, Mandi, Michael, and Matthew.
Dale later joined the Fayetteville Police Department as a patrolman and then becoming the Public Relations Officer. He started the first neighborhood watch program, D.A.R.E. to Keep Kids off Drugs, McGruff the Crime Dog and did the public service announcements for TV and radio.
He taught the majority of Northwest Arkansas Defensive Driving for over 23 years. He also got to teach some students two or three times, and you know who you are.
He joined Washington County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher and later moving on to Arkansas State Police, where he retired in 2017.
God had a special purpose for Dale’s life and that was to witness to his colleagues, prisoners, and his students of defensive driving. He was a Godly man who was destined to bring non-believers to Christ, and he did so, throughout his walk of life.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Casey “Jack” Forbes of Fayetteville and sons, Michael in 1978 and Matthew in 2017.
He is survived by his bride, Debbie of the home, daughter Mandi Forbes Beesler, two granddaughters, Alivia and Bella of Fayetteville, a brother Joe Forbes of North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was Saturday, September 28th at Farmington Baptist Church. Officiated by a long-time friend, Pastor Randy Castleman.