Golf tournament to honor longtime Tahoe City man
Dale Harter never took golf too seriously, but his friends are still going to hold a tournament to honor him on Oct. 8.
Halter, who passed away suddenly Sept. 13, was a 35-year resident of Tahoe City. Larry Schnabel, a longtime friend of Halter’s and organizer of the tourney, said participants don’t have to be no-nonsense golfers to play.
“Dale never took golf too seriously, but he just loved golf,” said Schnabel. “[The tournament is a chance] to golf, barbecue and to remember Dale.”
Halter was born in Freeport, Calif., and died suddenly from a brain aneurysm at the age of 55 in Tahoe City, said Schnabel. Halter moved to Tahoe in 1971 and worked in construction and at Homewood Mountain Resort as a patroller and coach. From 1974 to 1984 Halter coached with the Tahoe City Buddy Werner program and led youth backpacking and rock climbing trips.
A regular at the local watering hole, Pete n’ Peters, friends and fellow beer enthusiasts describe Halter as a hard worker, always cool under pressure and just kind-hearted.
“If he had five dollars to his name and walked into Pete n’ Peters, he’d say ‘Let me buy you a drink,'” Schnabel said.
Longtime friend and Tahoe City resident Rob Walters said Halter “loved life, loved people.”
Halter was an active guy who enjoyed golf, skiing, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, pool and softball.
“He turned more double-plays than this town has ever seen,” said Walters, the second baseman to Halter’s shortstop on their softball team.
Schnabel said Halter was always the first to work, as well as the first to play.
“I loved Dale so much. He would do anything for anybody ” inside this bar, outside this bar. He had the biggest heart ever,” said Ruth Asleson, a bartender at Pete n’ Peters and 30-year Tahoe City resident.
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