Dale Jonathan Zajac

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Dale Jonathan Zajac, 69, of Hampton Twp., our hardworking and selfless husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away suddenly on Monday, October 30, 2023 at his home. Dale was born on March 11, 1954, the son of the late Frank and Reta (Agdanowski) Zajac. He graduated from All Saints High School in 1972.

Through his love of cars and cruising, he caught the eye of the former Mary Jo Bearse; they dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on November 30, 1979. They enjoyed almost 44 years of marriage, building a family and sharing countless moments together.

A true craftsman at heart, Dale had an innate talent for building. Whether it was a magnificent structure or a small keepsake, his creativity knew no bounds. As a licensed builder, he put his passion and expertise to work building homes. After immersing himself in the world of construction, upon retirement Dale embarked on his second career as a truck driver, traveling the open roads delivering goods with precision and care. Not one to sit idle for long, he retired from truck driving only to find himself ensuring the safety of others through his craftsmanship in machine safety enclosures.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dale found solace in the simpler pleasures of life. He had a passion for camping and enjoyed exploring the beauty of nature, sharing these cherished moments with his family. Dale found immense joy in spending time with his grandchildren, watching them grow and imparting upon them his wisdom and love. Additionally, Dale found exhilaration in riding his motorcycle, feeling the freedom of the open road.

Dale will be remembered as a pillar of strength and loving husband to his wife, Mary Jo, and as a devoted father to Jeremy (Pamela) Zajac, Randy (Abby) Zajac, and Michael (Sarah) Zajac. He also leaves his grandchildren, Wyatt, Declan, Avery, Rylan, Rowan, Ella, Mason, Arabella, Raven, Ezlyn, and Maverick; siblings, Frank Zajac, Sue Mills, Terry Zajac, and Dianna (Richard) Rahall; in-laws, Sue Bearse and Don Kocubinski; many nieces and nephews, and his four-legged furry companions, Gladys and Wylie. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Paula Vasquez, and In-laws, Robert and Betty Bearse.

Dale’s family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 3:00 PM until his 6:00 PM Funeral Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Humane Society. Expressions of sympathy may be shared online at www.skorupskis.com.


Visiting: November 2, 2023 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Bay County
821 N. Pine Rd.
Essexville, MI 48732

(989) 893-7334

Funeral Ceremony: November 2, 2023 6:00 pm

Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Bay County
821 N. Pine Rd.
Essexville, MI 48732

(989) 893-7334

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Dale Jonathan Zajac 's name.

Humane Society of Bay County

1607 Marquette Ave.

Bay City,




Memories Timeline


  1. So sorry for your loss Mary Jo and family along with my cousins, his brothers and sisters. Dale was a great cousin. Always had a smile for me during all the family events. I remember his energy and always stepping up to help . Rest well Dale. Give hugs to the rest of our family up there.

  2. So sorry for this loss. He was a friendly, genuinely nice person. I’m sure he’ll be missed by all. Connie M (from Kerry Jezak’s State Farm office)

  3. Candle 2Mary Jo & Family,

    Was so sorry to hear of Dale’s sudden passing. Have a lot of fond memories growing up across the road from the Zajac family.

    With our deepest sympathy.
    Larry & Sue (Rouech) Ruff Laurel, Delaware

  4. Candle 2Hi Mary Jo, so sorry to read about Dale. Sending love and hugs to you during this difficult time. Prayers for you and your family.

  5. MaryJo and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I will always look back at all the fond memories.

  6. Dear Mary Jo, our deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. May you find comfort surrounded with the love of your family and friends. Wayne and Linda Schaefer

  7. Mary Jo , so sorry to of your loss. Deepest sympathy to you and family.lm glad you have your family, including your little army of grandkids , to help you through this awful period of your life. Loads of hugs and prayers ❤️ shannon

  8. Dear Mary Jo,
    So very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Prayers are coming your way.
    Patty (Ryers) Hopp

  9. Candle 8Mary Jo, Jeremy, Randy, Michael and all your family, Jim and I were so saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. May you find some comfort in friends, family, your faith and memories of Dale. We remember him always as such a good man who loved his beautiful family. ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏

  10. Candle 5So sorry for your loss Mary Jo. Sending our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. 🙏🏼 RIH Dale, you will be missed by many.

  11. Candle 2Mary Jo and family
    You are all in my thoughts at this moment in time. 🙏🏼 l am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Candle 2I’ll never forget the day I met Dale. I was at the sunoco truck stop in BV and he came to me and asked if my company was hiring. From there a friendship that would last forever started. My heart took a hell of a punch when we stumbled upon this. I’ve lost touch with him since I left the trucking industry but I never lost how I felt for him. He was a good man. Rest in peace Dale.

  13. Mary Jo, Frank, Sue, Terry, Diane & family,
    Condolences to all. Fond memories of growing up with Zajac family and remember Dale as very kind to all. May your memories comfort you.

  14. Dear Mary Jo & Family,
    So sad to hear of Dales passing. Dale helped us out time and time again with improvements to our business and various homes. He was a true craftsman always making sure everything was done perfectly. Please accept our sincere condolences in his passing. He will be dearly missed.

    Charlie & Renee Morgan
    Hemet CA

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