the second degree. Next, he will transform
the west wall into the first degree, and the
east into King Solomon’s throne.
His father, John Edgar Dahle, lives at the
Union City Home, too, and has lent his hand
to the murals. He is also an artist, and his
son’s earliest inspiration.
“Once when I was little, I asked my dad
if he’d buy me a bicycle,” the younger
Dahle recalls. “He said: ‘I can’t afford the
bicycle, but I can give you a couple brushes
and you can go around the neighborhood
and paint windows for Christmas.’ I made
enough money to buy that bicycle,” he
says. “I was 13 years old, and I’ve been
doing it ever since.”
Giving your gift
John Robert Dahle spends about four hours a day doing just that.
In a basement art studio at the Union City Masonic Home, he
churns out posters, banners, fliers, and other advertising materials for events at the Home and Acacia Creek.
“To live here, some of us assign three-quarters of our assets
to the Home. I feel like my God-given talent is a part of those
assets,” Dahle says. “And the best part is that I love my work
and feel honored to use my talents for the enjoyment of all who
live and work here.”
Dahle made a career out of painting storefront windows and
creating artwork for businesses. Now, his handiwork is slowly
covering the temple walls of Siminoff Daylight Lodge No. 850,
the Home’s on-campus lodge. Dahle completed an airbrushed
mural of the three degrees on the north wall last year. He is put-
ting the finishing touches on the south wall, a mural depicting
AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST, UNION CITY RESIDENT JOHN ROBERT DAHLE
DEVOTES FOUR HOURS EACH DAY TO SHARING HIS TALENTS WITH THE
MASONIC HOME AND SIMINOFF DAYLIGHT LODGE NO. 850.
AT THE UNION CITY HOME, DIANE PRIDDY VOLUNTEERS
HER TIME TO CONNECT WITH FELLOW RESIDENTS WHO
ARE ILL, BED-RIDDEN, OR IN NEED OF COMPANIONSHIP.