Organ donor to be honored at Rose Parade

SANTA FE SPRINGS - Dale Alan Covington, a spirited and loving 48-year-old from Santa Fe Springs, mastered the art of making everyone around him feel special. When he made a friend, it was for life.Tragically, his life was cut short when he died in October 2006. With his decision to be an organ donor, Covington's giving spirit lives on, giving life to those in desperate need. Because of his giving spirit, Rose Hills Memorial Park is honoring Covington with a floragraph -- a portrait made of floral and natural materials -- that will be decorated by his family and friends and featured on the Donate Life float entry in the 124th Rose Parade on Jan. 1. "We are honored to be able to commemorate Dale's life and the choice that his family made to help those in need," said Patrick Monroe, marketing director for Rose Hills. Covington was born in Santa Fe Springs and made his life there. He attended Santa Fe High School, where he was a star on the varsity football team and 1976 senior class president. He worked for the city of Santa Fe Springs as a recreation supervisor and was known to "find peaceful resolutions to difficult situations." He registered as an organ donor, and his bone and tissue was donated after his death.

********** Published: November 29, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 33