Alton May

July 7, 1922 — Aug. 9, 2019

Alton May, a resident of Dallas, died on Friday, Aug. 9.

He was born on July 7, 1922, in Dayton, the son of Russell and Winona May.

Alton graduated from Dayton High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1945.

Alton married Peggy Manion on Aug. 11, 1945, in Key West, Florida.

Alton graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in education.

He taught Vocational Agriculture at Gervais High School for several years and served as FFA advisor. He then moved to Parrish Junior High School in Salem, where he taught math and science for over 20 years. 

The family moved to Dallas in 1978, where he was an active member of his church, the Food Bank, the Oregon State Extension Polk County Master Gardeners, and the Dallas Arboretum. 

As a member of the Polk County Master Gardeners for over 20 years, he enjoyed building, fixing things and working hard on their annual fundraiser, and served in most official capacities. 

Along with many others, Alton worked long hours to collect signatures to get the OSU Extension Service District for Polk County on the ballot.  It passed by over 60 percent. 

He also has been a longtime active member of the Evangelical Bible Church where he taught AWANA classes and drove the church bus for many years.

He is survived by his sons, Aaron May and David May (Martha Hammann); daughters, Dolores May and Barbara (David) Magnuson; grandchildren, Kyle Magnuson and Amy Magnuson; sister-in-law, Betty May; niece, Joann (Bill) Myers; great-nephew Eric Myers; and niece Karen Hiatt; and nephews, Paul May, Doug Hiatt and Bruce Hiatt. 

Funeral services will be on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, with a lunch to follow. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Monday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Bible  Church memorial fund or Polk County Master Gardeners, in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 694 Main St., Dallas, OR, who is caring for the family. To leave an online condolence for the family, go to

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