Having made contact with Elder Summers, to let him know that at long last, Taunton was to have its own chapel. I received this reply:
“ My name is Elder Dale Summers, I was there fgrom 16 August 1975 to 15 November 1975. My companions were Elder Boam and Elder Eckman. I lived at 23 Albermarle Road. Thank you very much, is it really going to be in Taunton and not in one of the outer lying towns? After
living there Taunton is one of several towns dear to my heart, and anything helps liven my spirits like this kind of news, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you”
I have two fond memories of Elder Summers. He was a tall missionary and one day, I watched him as he was cycling his bike in the rain down a side street on the junction of Quantock Road. It was raining. Elder Summers was riding his bike one handed, the other hand holding a fiully opened umbrella. He was not able to stop or take the corner and alsmost got knocked off his bike by a car. The driver got out and was really cross.
The other occasion, I had been asked to go on a teach with him. I hadn't done that before. To prepare, I had memorised the 2nd Concept of the 1st Discussion. I was sacred . Then, when we knocked the door, the man said he no longer wanted to speak with us. I was so relieved.