Julie Johnson Hale
Julie Hale
Julie Johnson Hale

September 15, 1958 - July 6, 2021
Born in Tampa, Florida
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Julie Johnson Hale, age 62, of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully July 6, 2021, from complications of liver disease and liver cancer.

Julie was born in Tampa, Florida, September 15, 1958, the daughter of Thomas and Marion Scobie Johnson. She attended Plant High School in Tampa, Florida and later attended and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1981.

After college, Julie began a very successful, 30 year-career in the telecommunications industry with Sprint and other telecom companies. Her career led her to Dallas, Texas, where she had her only child, Zachary, in September of 1988. Her career would see her move multiple times, finally settling in West Des Moines, Iowa, where she married her surviving husband, Scott Hale, in August of 1997. Julie and Scott were married for 23 years.

Julie was a well-known, passionate member of the political landscape in Central Iowa. She volunteered a significant amount of time to local and national Democratic campaigns. More recently, she had served as treasurer for two West Des Moines City Council candidates.

When her focus wasn’t on politics, there’s a good chance it was on her dogs. Julie was an avid dog lover and leaves behind her four loyal whippets: Mickey, Scooter, Jeter and Maris. Julie also loved to cook and was known to be a seasoned ‘foodie.’ The majority of her time at home was devoted to creating five-star dishes and watching the Food Channel Network.

Julie is survived by her husband, Scott Hale; her son, Zachary Tafelski and daughter-in-law, Logan Lester-Tafelski, of Houston, Texas.

The family asks that memorial contributions in Julie’s name be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa at
Memorial and/or celebration of life arrangements will be provided at a later date.

Online condolences are welcome at

Iles Westover Chapel is handling arrangements.