Dana Lynn Helton Sr. died peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by family and his beloved dogs on Sept. 29, 2018, just as he wished.
Dana was born on Dec. 2, 1953, in Winchester, Kentucky. He grew up in and around Conway and Berea, Kentucky. He was loved by anyone he met. He was a very soft-spoken man without a mean bone in his body. He was forever pulling jokes and pranks on friends and family alike, but it was mostly his family.
Dana was married to Debra (Day) Wallace for 18 years. They had the amazing boys, Derrick, Dana Jr. and Dale. He then married Karin (Heady) Helton, whom he was married to at the time of his passing. They had three amazing children as well, Joshua, Rebecca and Charles. Dana’s family was his world; he lived for his children.
Dana is preceded in death by his father, Willard Clayton Helton (1995), his mother, Dora Elizabeth (Sharkey) Helton (2011) and his brother-in-law, Randall Mink.
He is survived by his wife Karin (Heady) Helton, son Derrick (Sarah) Helton, son Dana (Roberta) Helton Jr., son Dale (Billie )Helton, son Joshua Helton, daughter Rebecca Lynn Helton, son Charles Helton, daughter Sandi Wilk (adopted), daughter Jolysa Helton, brother Roger (Peggy) Helton, brother Willard (Judy) Helton, sister Eva (Brownie) Mink, sister Cindy (Rick Beasley) Hylton, 25 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.
Services are Friday, Oct. 5, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave., across from Maricopa High School. Viewing is at 1 p.m., and the funeral is at 2 p.m.
Pall Bearers: Derrick Helton, Dana Helton, Jr., Dale Helton, Seanavon, Davian Helton, Chandler Helton, Christopher Helton, Nick Yzaguirre. Honorary : Roger Helton, Willard (Sonny) Helton, Joshua Helton, Charles Helton, Doug Riley, Tommy Thompson, Raymond Carroll, Wyatt Haardt, Jason McKee, Eva (Brownie) Mink, Cindy Hylton, Rebecca Helton.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help with funeral expenses can be sent to Horizon Funeral Care, 480-338-1497.