John Northcraft Dahm, husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2009, at the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix, with family.
John was born in Evanston, Ill., on April 25, 1921. He married Marilyn Jacobson on April 6, 1956, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin and later a M.S. from the University of Oklahoma. John worked as a petroleum geologist and a mining geologist in a series of positions at oil and mining companies both domestically and in South America. These companies included Union Mines, Standard of New Jersey (Creole-Venezuela), El Paso Natural Gas, Damson Oil and Williams Companies. John earned a graduate degree in special education, teacher of the deaf, and taught in this field before resuming his geology career and retiring in 1991 in Denver, Colo. John’s interests included history, traveling and camping in the West, his family, and keeping abreast of political and economic news.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Angie Dahm of Pagosa Springs; his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Dan O’Connell in Crozet, Va.; his daughter and son-in-law, SueAnn and Kevin Meldrum of Palo Alto, Calif; his son, Jonathan Dahm, of Key Largo, Fla., and Boulder; and his grandchildren, Heather Dahm, Killian O’Connell, and also his stepgrandsons Spencer and Christian Meldrum. He is also survived by his sister Eugenia Leininger of Tulsa, Okla., his nieces and nephews, Vicki, Dick and Bill Trible, and Carol Hoffman. He was preceded in death by his sister Josephine Trible.
A private family ceremony and cremation took place in Scottsdale, Ariz., and a memorial service is planned in Pagosa Springs. The family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Ruby Sisson Library in Pagosa Springs, Colo.