He was born in Hustonville, Ky., in 1935 to Elizabeth and Albury Gritton. His siblings, Barbara Coy and George Gritton, proceeded him in death.
He is a man who will be mourned by many, but mostly the large family he was blessed with, including his wife, Barbra; children, Mark Gritton, Kristi (Ted) Kitchel, Michelle (Nate) Anderson and Denise Gritton McClanahan; grandchildren, Jeffery (Holly), Jason (Kim), Jessica and Jackie Gritton, Scott, Tyler and Mackenzie Kitchel, Olivia and Caden Anderson and Macy McClanahan; great-grandchildren, Kody, Khloe, Lucas and Andrew Dallas Gritton.
His career included working 45 years for General Motors Co., where he retired in 2002 as the director of off-highway and military operations. He earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from GMI and his Master of Science in business administration from MIT Sloan School
While wearing many hats throughout his career, Dallas was immersed in research, technology, strategic planning and operational management. He headed up GM/Allison Transmission Division departments in the United States and in Asia. He was proud to end his career by re-establishing GM’s off-highway Plant 17.
For the past 17 years Dallas served on the board of directors for Contour Hardening, where he contributed his experience and knowledge to help the company build a worldwide marketing vision.
Dallas will be missed by friends and family. He affected many lives. He was a brilliant man who never thought twice about passing on his wisdom. May all those mourning Dallas find comfort, knowing the world was a better place in his wake.