On October 8th, 2019 Dalton Beitel, 20, slipped from this earth only to land into the arms of our all loving God. Dalton was a vibrant young man who always chose humor over pain. He chose happiness over heartache. Dalton could make someone smile even when they didn’t want to. Dalton was always competitive, while being funny and cracking jokes in whatever sport he was involved in. On the pitch Dalton could make someone so angry they wanted to fight, only to smile and shake their hand afterward in respect of a match well played. On the pool deck, Dalton became an unassuming leader who could be found eating candy between events and cheering his teammates on. Dalton lived more in his life than most do in a lifetime, from camping all over God’s earth with family and friends, traveling Europe with his teachers and friends, to skydiving so close to the edge of Heaven. Dalton had friends in so many places and those friends close to him at FSC he cherished dearly. God knew more than us that Dalton had done so much and touched so many people with his infectious personality that he gave Dalton his reward of everlasting life in Heaven. Where we see a young man who had his life cut short, God saw it as a life filled with all the price of Heaven. Sometimes we have to realize that life is not fulfilling based on the number of years we are here but what we fill the years with to earn admission into God’s kingdom. Dalton earned his reward.
Dalton’s soul is with God but he left his body to help others. Dalton was an organ donor of his own choice and his family has already received word from Lion’s Eye Institute that Dalton eyes will help restore eyesight to either one or two others. His family is sure that those lucky people will see the world in a new light of humor and love. His gift will also help our wounded warriors heal as well as many others.
Dalton was a student at Florida Southern College, majoring in Math and Accounting and a 2017 graduate of Titusville High School and Eastern Florida State College. He is survived by his mother and father, Bridget and Chuck, his loving brother Dylan, Grandmother Darlene Smith, numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his Grandfather Richard Smith as well as his Grandmother and Grandfather Margaret Anne and Bud Beitel.
A celebration of life for Dalton is planned for Saturday, October 19th at 2 pm at Indian River City United Methodist Church, 1355 Cheney Highway Titusville, Florida 32780 with a reception following the service in Wesley Fellowship Hall. Dalton always dressed in bright colors and shorts, so he would expect the same for the celebration. Soccer jerseys or school colors are also welcome. Please come and celebrate a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, a future scholarship is intended to be set up in Dalton’s name.