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Duane "Richard" Dill



Duane "Richard" Dill, died unexpectedly on April 30, 2020, at home in Albuquerque at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his wife Margaret of 49 years and three children: Kristoffer and Kariena of Albuquerque, and Kish, wife Kimberly, and grandsons Brandon and Chase of Broomfield, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister Cindy Lewis and husband Wayne of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and brothers Kenneth and wife Jane of Independence, Kansas, and Dwight of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Duane met his wife at a young adults' church social on July 20, 1969, where they watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. The magic of that night was reflected in the love and devotion he had for Margaret. They married the next summer at Margaret's childhood home in Iowa, and Duane was looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary this July.

Duane grew up in Independence, Kansas, and moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico. After graduating from UNM, he joined the Peace Corp in 1962 and served two years in East Pakistan. He then returned to New Mexico and began a long career as a science teacher retiring from Laguna-Acoma High School in 1995. He maintained tight relationships with the Laguna community throughout his life often joining them for feast days or hosting them for visits at Explora.

In 1999 he began his second career as a science educator at Explora Science Center, where he made many close friends and spent some of the happiest years of his life. Duane was a perfect match for Explora and their philosophy of learning. His passion was teaching and inspiring young minds to be inquiring, independent thinkers. Through his outreach work at Explora he brought hands-on science demonstrations to schools throughout the state. He officially retired in 2018 but continued volunteering - training new volunteers, helping with camps, and going on outreaches - until the end of his life.

In addition to his science-teaching career, Duane was a lifelong learner and had many interests and talents. Among these were gardening, walking in the foothills, drawing, painting, singing, acting, and seeing the science in the world around him. His children will always cherish their memories of discovering the wonders of the world with Dad.

Duane's grandchildren brought him tremendous joy. He visited them often in Colorado, texted regularly, and shared silly jokes and nature photographs.

We, Duane's family, are grateful to our extended family, friends and community who have found ways to share their love and memories with us. We are comforted to know that your hearts beat with ours as we grieve the loss of Duane/Dad/Grandpa D./Uncle Duane/Mr. Dill.

Memorials may be made to the Duane Dill Memorial Education Fund at Explora Science Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, using the following link: https://esccma.explora.us/Donation.aspx?CR=DILL. Mailing address: Explora, 1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.


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Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 17, 2020.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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May 23, 2020

Condolences to the family of Mr. Dill. He gave me advice and encouragement during my time at Latina-Acoma HS which helped me in my life and career. Go easy Mr. Dill.
F.J. Romero
Student
May 23, 2020
Our condolences to Margaret and Kx3. We have wonderful memories of Mr. Dill and will always remember his friendship and kindness. Prayers for family. We miss you.
The Allisons
Friend
May 18, 2020
Prayers and condolences to the family. Mr. Dill taught my mom, myself, my brother, and sister! He was very well respected here in Laguna!
Loren
Student
May 17, 2020
We have fond memories of our 1970's Sunday school class.
Phil and Beth Reeves
Beth Reeves
Friend
May 17, 2020
I just want to sent my condolences to Mr. Dills family he well be greatly missed by all his students he taught he was an awesome teacher thanks a bunch Mr. Dill for kindness in class may you be a peace now may our Lord bless your family and friends from a student from Laguna- Acoma HS Loujuana Lewis.
Loujuana Lewis
Student
May 17, 2020
Mr. Dill was my chemistry teacher at LAHS in '74-'74, however I knew him since '69. (He was also my older siblings teacher) He taught us how to pelt goat and lamb hides, conduct experiments AND we also had fun. Thank you for teaching so many generations of students here at Laguna. Prayers and condolences to his family.
Eleanor
Student
May 17, 2020
Mr. Dill always made learning fun! He was always so passionate and humorous in science classes! Although I have not seen him in decades, he will surely be missed! Prayers to the family!
Al Siow
Student
May 17, 2020
I will miss you so much thanks for being in our lives on the Laguna Pueblo and the high school you were a joy to be around
Tanya Browning
Friend
May 17, 2020
Mr. Dill, was an excellent teacher, with a serious amount of patience. Without him the periodic table would mean zero. Your presence will be missed.
Naleen
Student
May 17, 2020
I remember Mr. Dill when I was a student at Laguna-Acoma High School. He was always nice and friendly. Thank you, Mr. Dill for your dedication to the Laguna community.
Jaye
Student
May 17, 2020
Thank you Mr Dill. I enjoyed all the fun experiments and your patience. Love and prayers to your family and friends
Danielle
Student
May 17, 2020
Duane was my chemistry teacher at Laguna-Acoma HS. Yes he was a wonderful teacher and genuinely interested in the welfare of his students. I was happy to run into him from time to time years later, including at Laguna Feast. He was loved and respected by many at Laguna.
June Lorenzo
Student
May 17, 2020
Mr. Dill was an excellent Science Teacher. He taught me that science was fundamentally apart of life and its something which would always come in handy throughout life. He will be greatly missed prayers to his wife and family.
Debra
Student
May 17, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Dill family. Mr. Dill was my teacher 1985-1987. He served as my inspiration to complete college. His commitment to the Laguna-Acoma community will always be remembered. Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk!
MELISSA DYEA
Student
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