John F. Dalby, 71, passed away unexpectedly on December 31, 2021 at his home. He was born in Albuquerque, NM on April 4, 1950. John is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Karyn (Dalby) Reid and Gary Reid of Durango; and their sister-in-law, Charmaine Dalby, of Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Dalby and Arlene (Premer) Dalby; and his brother, Michael Dalby.
John and his family lived in the same house from the late ‘50s to 1971. He and his siblings spent most of their time outside and shared many good memories of growing up on a short section of their street where it seemed that every child was named John, Karen, Mike or Linda. Boy Scouts played an important part in John’s formative years, and many of his closest friends were part of that organization. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 1967and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1968.
John attended UNM as a Navy ROTC student and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, graduating in 1972 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the US Navy from 1972 – 1980 and then worked in the defense industry in Southern California. While there, John continued his education earning an MS in Systems Management in 1981 and a Professional Certification in Systems Engineering in 1994 from USC and UCSD respectively.
Following the decline in that industry in the 90’s, he moved to Flagstaff to be near his sister and brother-in-law and closer to the rest of his family in Albuquerque. After working for a while as a substitute teacher, he was hired by ADOT and worked as a Transportation Engineering Specialist for 20 years until his retirement in 2015.
During his early years in Flagstaff John enjoyed hikes on the mountain trails, backpacking, mountain bike rides, and cross-country ski outings with family and/or friends. He and his brother-in-law spent many days fishing at Lee’s Ferry. Later, he enjoyed fishing at Lake Mary either on his own or with friends. John enjoyed shooting and became a Range Safety Officer at the Northern Arizona Shooting Range after retiring.
John’s family remembers him as a loving and giving person with a quick sense of humor and many wisecracks. He shopped specials and was tight with his money, but he enjoyed giving to his church, to needy families at Christmas, a local teacher’s classroom, orphans in Mexico, emergency relief agencies, St. Jude Hospital, Wounded Warriors, and other charities. A close neighbor described him as a true friend, an honest man, and helpful neighbor. Although we teased him about being the “favorite child”, John and his siblings loved one another deeply, and they often got together to celebrate the close relationship that they maintained throughout their lives.
A funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30 am at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Flagstaff, 1600 E Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ, on Friday, January 28, 2022. Due to COVID concerns, the family requests that those who choose to attend wear a mask. Interment will follow at 12:30 at Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Camp Navajo near Bellemont, AZ.
In lieu of flowers John had requested donations be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Concerned about hosting an event that may further increase the spread of COVID at this time and knowing it can be difficult to travel to Flagstaff in the winter, Karyn, Gary, and Charmaine are inviting friends and family to a gathering in memory of John that will be held outdoors in Albuquerque next summer. If you would like to receive information about this event when the plans for it are finalized, please email email@example.com with your name, phone number, and email contact info.
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