Dalton H. Cole

The Cole Family moved to Coolidge in 1939 from Globe, Arizona, where Dalton was born in 1935. Dalton began kindergarten in 1940 in the old South School. He continued in the Coolidge school system until he graduated from high school in 1953.

During his high school years, he lettered in all four major sports, football, basketball, baseball, and track. When he graduated in 1953 he was Co-Valedictorian of his class and Student Body President.

Dalton attended the University of Arizona on an athletic scholarship and lettered as a quarterback on the football team in 1954, 1955, and 1956. He was also the Wing Commander of the AFROTC program and had the rank of Cadet Colonel. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business and received the Freeman Medal as the outstanding male graduate in 1957.
Upon graduation, Dalton received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. During his five year tour of duty he served with the 13th Bomb Squadron in Japan and Korea. He was also the quarterback for the Johnson Air Force Base football team that won the Far-East Championship in 1959. He separated from the Air Force in 1962 with the rank of Captain.

Dalton returned to Coolidge and began his farming career. During the 1970’s his farm was chosen by the Department of Energy and the University of Arizona, to build what was then “the largest array of solar collectors” in the United States. This was a demonstration project to showcase Solar Energy for agricultural use. He spent eighteen years on the Board of Electrical District #2 and served as its Chairman. He was co-founder and Director of the HoHoKam Irrigation District. He also served as its Chairman. He was a board member of the Central Arizona Project that delivers Colorado River water to Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties. He was appointed to the State Board of Directors for Arizona Community Colleges by Governor Symington where he served a term as Chairman.

Dalton is currently serving his second term on the Arizona Power Authority as one of five commissioners who govern the distribution and marketing of the Hydro-Power from Hoover Dam. He was appointed to the Arizona Power Authority by both Governor Hull and Governor Napolitano. He has served the Commission as Chairman.

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