Our friend, brother, and son, Dalton Tanner Oklesson was born on July 6, 1992. He was such an open-minded person who was always there to help others when in need. He was the person who was always smiling and showing his crazy outgoing personality. No wonder why he had so many friends. He was always the person you could go to if you felt uncomfortable in a certain situation or needed advice. He was such a goofball. His wild and adventurous attitude always made him be the life of the party.
He was very well known in the skateboarding community. Dalton would always be at the skate park with his boys trying new tricks, perfecting old tricks and teaching the younger kids how to do cool tricks. He was always skating and we all just loved to watch him. I know the boys still to this day skate for him. They call him the legend. He sure was an amazing skater, “skate” was the game they would all love to play and Dalton always had the best tricks.
No matter where he was in the world, Minnesota or Georgia, he was always doing some type of goofy dance move with his classic cheesy smile that could literally brighten anyone’s day. Even though skating was his number one thing to do, fishing was pretty close to it, he was always so excited when he reeled a big one in and he always had to make sure he got many pictures with it. Oh, and of course cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers! His mom, Dawn and him always had a Steelers jersey on. Dalton also had two dogs and a cat that meant the world to him. Angel, Obi and Charlie and they were his best friends and Dalton loved everything about them. He was such a good pet dad.
There is so much more I could say about Dalton. He is truly missed and we do everything to keep his name alive. His mom, brother, sister in law and us friends have been walking in the Stomp Out Suicide walk ever since he has passed. It brings back memories that we can all share with each other and lets us make new memories together. I know this will be an annual thing for many of us because it really does help. With the wonderful help of his mom, family, and friends we have raised enough money to get a bench in remembrance of Dalton at the Minnesota State Fair, and are in progress with getting a plaque at the skate park where he would skate every day.
Dalton Tanner Oklesson July 6th 1992 – April 10 2017
And in the words of Dalton “Stay gold”
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–Article contributed by Jessica Krugerud