Abraham Lincoln: "The better part of one's life consists of his friendships." I shared that quote with John in a note to him on the occasion of his move to Colorado. John was clearly moved by those words. But it was me that was better for having known John. John always gave more than he received.
Ripping a page from St. John's College, John was the embodiment of Plato and his Theory of Forms. John is a "Form" --- timeless and unchanging and operating on a higher plane --- and everything else an imperfect copy.
John taught many everlasting concepts, simple truths. We listened, we learned, we carry them forward today. We honor John's memory by leading by example, his example, as imperfect as we may be.
John was our ski coach in the early 60's, when the NM ski team went to Sun Valley for the biggest race of our young careers. He was tough, yet most compassionate with we young pups. We learned a lot from him; he was our hero.
Ski some powder old friend. Carl Buckland
so sorry for the loss,God has said"I-I myself am the One that is comforting you people."isaiah 51:12........
I met John through our affiliation with Go Nuclear, Inc. John was instrumental in helping this organization grow. His participation on our board brought knowledge, experience, passion, kindness and a remarkable humbleness to each meeting. The effect such a person leaves, long after, is powerful and good. My colleagues and I celebrate his wonderful life, remembering John with great admiration. We wish your family all of God's comfort during this difficult time.
I'm very sorry for your loss. May the "God of all comfort" bring you peace during this troubling time.
My dear friend Jackie, with my deepest regrets and condolences to you and John's family. My prayers are with you for comfort, healing and peace of mind. PLease call me I'm in the phone book. I would love to spend time with you. your friend - Barb Otero
Farewell to my neighboring Phi Gam and condolences to his grieving family as a singularly fine representative of Colorado University and American skiing crosses over into the great beyond. Bruce Doten, CU Class of 1960
I Tom Olivas and family send our condolences to the family. I remember John well. May God be your comfort! I was born and raised in Santa Fe and worked for Davis and Assoc until i retired.
My heartfelt condolences to all of the Dendahl family. May God comfort you at this very sad and difficult time.
Johnny, as we called him in high school, was a class guy in every respect. A straight shooter to everyone, he had a positive outlook, was very intelligent, had his feet firmly on the ground, and had a vision for his future. People like Johnny seldom fail in life, so I was right when I said he would be successful at every endeavor. We lost touch after graduation, but, somehow, I knew we'd hear from him again. Johnny, you are a credit to God, to your family, and to America. Rest well, my friend. Better days are ahead.
Covey Campbell, Class of '55
My condolences to all of his family. I grew up with John, what a stand out, always, remembered him in band. He was so good blowing the trumpet. Skier..loved life. Worked hard for his community and his beliefs. Saw many accomplisments from a far as I had left Santa Fe years, only, to visit my family anytime I got a chance. A light was turned on in the heavens for him. Blessings!Diana RAgle Balich
Jackie, Our sincere sympathy to you and the entire Dendahl family. We have many fond memories of working side by side with John and always appreciated how he never wavered from his core beliefs. May you be comforted in God's love. We regret we will be out of town for the memorial.
Marion & Donald Lewis
Johnnie, I hardly knew ye. We sure traded a lot of emails, though, and only met once after an Independence Institute presentation this year in Denver. An enjoyable meeting it was, too. There aren't many fighters for truth and liberty like you, Sir! My hat's off to you. We'll toast again soon.
I met John several years ago through a website dedicated to global warming skeptics. We shared frequent emails on the subject and had lunch together several times. Although I had never accomplished as much in so many different fields as John did, he treated me as if I did. My last meeting with John was after a forum on gun control at the Independence Institute. After the session, he, I and our mutual friend Terry Donze, had a beer together at a nearby bar. Now, every time I drink a beer, I'll think of him and that night. Interesting, eh? For all of the great things that John has accomplished in life, I'll remember him most for having a beer together. So, here's to you, John, we'll have another beer together, sometime.
John was very kind to me.He came to Holy Faith when I was there, was always kind and encouraging even during difficult times, as only Holy Faith could be. He arranged for me to meet with President George Bush in 2001 at a small clergy meeting. I'll never forget his kindness. May you trust in God's love at this time and always.
I always considered John and I as "two-peas-in-a-pod".
We were both Conservative and Republican "to the bone", we were both willing to serve in public office if required, we were both businessmen and enterprenuers, and we both communicated our ideas and passions in the press from time to time.
This doesn't include our passion for sports and physical fitness, nor our duties as husbands and fathers.
When I saw John I always gave him a hard time about his wardrobe: his suits were 20-years out-of-date because he was always so fit he didn't have to buy new clothes.
By this point it must be obvious I have a great admiration for your late husband.
We'll all miss him.
P.S. I think the last time we "met", we were all headed "north" on I-25. You two, moving to Denver and I on an excursion in the same direction.
Bon Voyage, John.
We went to school with Johnny and his sister Karen, and my mother worked at his parents' store for many years. The Dendahls were a fine family, and Johnny carried on their values. We miss them, and him, greatly.
I am so sorry to hear this news. He was a great Republican and man. I admired him for all his efforts and work. I am so glad I was able to meet him and be a friend when I lived in Santa Fe. My deepest sympathy to his family. This is shocking news.
Condolences to the Dendahl family. Unfortunately I will be in CO on the 29th and will miss the memorial service at St. John's. John will be in my thoughts on that day and on many other days. He was a great New Mexican and a great American.
I went to school with John! And knew all Dendahl family. I was a nurse at El Casteo took care of his Grand mother! Such a lovely Family. My love and Prayersgo out to all the Family
Dear Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I wasn't able to attend his memorial service due to health issues. Nora Ortega
My condolences to the Dendahl family.
John was a classmate at Santa Fe High School.
John Dendahl was on the Board of Directors for Go Nuclear, Inc. from 2011 through 2013. This is a non-profit to promote public understanding of the benefits of nuclear power and nuclear medicine. Based on his business experience with radiation monitoring equipment, he knew how safe nuclear power plants are and was keenly aware of the behind the scenes work right up to the White House to stop the United States from using advanced nuclear power technology which can provide all of the world's electrical energy needs for thousands of years.
John was a distinguished communicator and leader in business and community service. Attached are two photos of John and me snowshoeing near the Continental Divide in Colorado in 2011.
We will miss him dearly.
President, Go Nuclear, Inc. and Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy - USA
Tel. 303 399 0393
OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE SERVICE ON FRIDAY AS WE WILL BE ON OUR WAY TO VISIT FAMILY IN TX.
My condolences to John's family.
My deepest sorrow and tears to the family of the deceased. May these words bring you hope and consolation: "...Hear the promise God has made: He will call; the dead will answer. They shall live at his command. For he has a longing for the work of his own hand..." See John 14: 13-15, John 6: 40; 11: 11, 43; Jas. 4: 14
I would like to offer my deepest condolences at this difficult time, I'm very sorry for your loss, we are never prepared for death, but please find comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more.
I grew up hearing John Dendahl's name over the years, but had never met him. My father was a teammate on the CU ski team during the same years when Mr. Dendahl was. My fathers name was David Butts until he changed it to Steed.
I know that when my parents moved to Santa Fe, NM around a decade ago, one of the highlights of moving there was because they already had a friend living there.
True lifelong friends are a rare thing in an age of technology, I believe John and my father Dave were able to have that rare thing.
He will miss you.
Jennifer Richards, Evergreen, Colorado
My heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends of John Dendahl. I am always impressed when I read about a person who says what he means and means what he says. I also have deep respect for a person who is committed to any position of leadership that has been placed upon him and is loyal to his cause. I am sure the people of New Mexico will agree that Former GOP Chair Dendahl will be greatly missed. May the God of all comfort be with his family as they grieve their loss.
My Dear Jackie..
I shall miss my cuz, his input, and clear cut views for our Republic. So many memories from the early days at Santa Fe Trail, & through the years. Aunt Sally and I send our love, prayers, and reminder that our Hope in Jesus is what ultimately will bring us together again.
hugs n love
Kyra and I were deeply saddened to hear about John's passing. I considered him a valued adviser and friend during the years we spent at the SIC. More importantly, he was a good man and a tragic loss to NM.
Pete & Kyra Hidalgo
Jackie and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are offered on your behalf during this time. Appreciated John so much! Sharon Clahchischilliage
Jackie, although we have not kept in touch, I think of you often. You were always a good friend to me. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you during this sad time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John was a good friend and he will be missed.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
May the family and friends find comfort and hope knowing that God cares for all of His people. John 17:3
God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.
in God's care rest in peace
I would like to offer my deepest condolences at this difficult time, I'm sorry for your loss, death is one thing we are never prepared for, but please find comfort in knowing sickness and death will one day be no more.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.