Chad Jeffery Dye was born May 3, 1971, and passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the age of 39.
Chad was born in Moses Lake, and went to school in Yakima. He graduated from Davis High School in 1989, where he became interested in welding.
Chad was working on obtaining his welding certification through Columbia Basin College.
Chad truly enjoyed working with his hands and began a career as a millwright at Yakama Forest Products, working there for the past 10 years.
He enjoyed poking fun at himself and making jokes, and he was very proud to be an enrolled member of the Yakama Indian Nation.
In 2000, Chad knocked on the door of Terra Barker after seeing her walking out to get her mail near Muffett & Sons, where he was working.
Chad's brilliant smile and sense-of-humor won Terra over, and they married on Oct. 30, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. in an Elvis-themed wedding.
Chad loved snow skiing at White Pass with friends and family, traveling with his wife, working on cars (he was a charter member of the Outlook Porsche Club), fishing, concerts, going to drag races, karaoke, football, the occasional cigar, and playing with his three rescued dogs, Amy, Tater Tot and Neelix.
He also assisted his wife (sometimes reluctantly) in fostering rescue dogs. Terra always volunteered to foster any boxers, as they were Chad's favorite.
Chad is survived by his wife, Terra (Barker) Dye; his father, Jeff Dye; sisters, Cindy (Jim) Daniels and Renee (Dave) Silvestri; brother, Corey (Jessica) Dye; nieces, Christy and Colby Daniels and Piper and Hannah Clapp; and nephew, Cody Tamez.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill Dye; his mother, Claudine Dye; his brother, Chris Dye; and his nephew, Derek Dye.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Chad's memory may be made to Out West Pet Rescue, 424 Wine Country Road #5, Prosser, WA 99350.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Chad's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.