We are sad to share the heartbreaking news that Dallas passed away on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at the age of 67. His wife of 39 1/2 years, Chris, was by his side to comfort him in his last moments. Read on below the photo for ways to honor Dallas’s legacy.
Share your memories of Dallas in the Comments section below
We invite you to share your favorite memories of Dallas in the comments below. Whether you have met Dallas in person, communicated with him via Facebook, followed his research online, or seen him in film and tv appearances, you are invited to share how Dallas and his kind, generous spirit touched you. By celebrating Dallas and all that he stood for and represented, we will ensure that his legacy lives on.
Help with Dallas’s funeral expenses
Dallas’s family has created a GoFundMe page where you can contribute to assist with funeral expenses. If you feel drawn to donating, we encourage you to do so. Even $5 or $10 helps and is an expression of your love to honor Dallas and the legacy he leaves.
Funeral is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 19
Dallas’s funeral is planned for Monday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth. Visitation hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. You can read more details in Dallas’s obituary from the Portsmouth Daily Times.
The photo above is one of the last photos I took of Dallas as he took a break from research to visit with me on Veterans’ Day 2016 (Nov. 11), which seems extra meaningful considering that Dallas was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a tank driver.
Dallas Gilbert, Bigfoot Researcher, Family Man, and Friend
Dallas had a heart of gold. He was one of the most original, real people I’ve known and will live on as a legend in the Bigfoot community. Dallas was a family man and cherished his wife, children, and grandchildren. His warmth, kindness, and tenacity for pursuing his dream will live with me and inspire me and the countless others who knew Dallas and his story.
Dallas discovered what he loved and devoted himself to it. Since I first met Dallas about 15 years ago, he has dedicated himself to two primary passions: his family and Bigfoot. Dallas’s dream was to prove to the world that Bigfoot exists. He believed if we focused in our minds and our hearts and wanted to see, Bigfoot would reveal himself to us. His hard work has garnered praise, like recently being referred to as the “World’s Greatest Sasquatch Hunter.”
Dallas had a spirit of giving. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Bigfoot with others. The first time I met him with his research partner Wayne, I remember Dallas showed up with a briefcase full of photos of Bigfoot, and he was excited to share them. Through the years when I would visit him, he would often enthusiastically give me a new Bigfoot photo from his latest research.
Dallas pursued his dream, no matter how crazy others may have thought it was. By being brave enough to pursue his love of Bigfoot, Dallas drew others to him, built friendships, and inspired many. I will miss our visits when I am back home visiting southern Ohio, and I will miss his warm, welcoming, friendly spirit. He was and is a true legend to me and to so many other people, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity to share his story and call him a friend.
Keep on Bigfootin’, Dallas. Your spirit will live on through us, my friend.
This is the most recent photo I have with Dallas from Veterans’ Day 2016.