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 Don Linton Dickason

Don Linton Dickason

Oklahoma, USA
Death 2 Aug 1999 (aged 92)
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Plot Sec 18, Lot 5
Memorial ID 59001231 · View Source
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Dickason Was Proudest of State's Primary Law

Don L Dickason, a former State Senator and Albuquerque Attorney, was known for putting people ahead of politics. The longtime Rodey Law Firm partner played an important role in helping shape the growth of the state and city for more than four decades, his nephew Bill Collier said Tuesday.

Dickason, 92, died Monday of an apparent stroke, Collier said. A visitation will be held tonight from 5 to 8 at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas NE. Sevices will be held Thursday at 1:30 pm at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus NE.

"The thing he's the proudest of is the Primary Law," Collier said. "Thats on his tombstone." He said Dickason had the grave marker engraved after his wife, Mabel, died in 1992.

Dickason served 12 years as a Democratic State Senator, including six years as majority floor leader. He sponsored the primary law, which replaced the old convention system of making party nominations. Dickason was defeated in 1948 for his fourth term in the primary he fathered. He was responsible for a law prohibiting legislators from accepting other employment with the state or its subsidiaries. He also sponsored legislation that opened state records for public inspection and helped Albuquerque secure land outside the city limits to construct the Sunport.

Collier said his uncle was a gifted speaker who believed a good legislator could never be obligated to anyone. He said Dickason was a private person who had a small circle of friends and didn't socialize. "He belonged to social organizations and was active working with them, but he didn't party with them." Collier Said. "He was deacon of the church (Monte Vista) so he could do all the legal work for the church for free. The church paid the firm, and then he would give the church the money back out of his pocket."

Dickason was born in Okemah OK to a poor farming and ranching family that had come by covered wagon to the Oklahoma Territory from Colorado. Dickason worked his through school, receiving a law degree at the University Of Oklahoma in 1929. Shortly after starting a practice in Okmulgee, OK he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Dickason came to Albuquerque on Jan 1, 1931, living in the Methodist Sanatorium on Central Ave for about eight months. "They put me on the 'rest cure", he said, in a first person story for the Journal in 1980. "Thats where you did no activity except go to the bathroom. All your meals were brought in. A nurse would stop by three times a day to take your pulse and see if you were alive."

He soon moved to Albuquerque permanently, passed the state Bar Exam and joined the Rodey and Daley Law firm in 1931. A few years, it became known as Rodey and Dickason, eventually growing to be one of the state's largest firms. Dickason served for many years as chairman of the Albuquerque Personnel Board. He also was chairman of the City Charter Study Committee. Eight of the nine changes his committee proposed were approved by voters.

Other survivors include a niece, Betty Higgins Gentry, of Albuquerque.

Donations can be made to the New Mexico Boys And Girls Ranch, 6209 Hendrix NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico Inc., 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Albuquerque Journal Aug 3, 1999 by Paul Logan, Journal Staff Writer

Don L. Dickason, 92, a resident of Albuquerque since the early 1930's after moving her from the Oklahoma Territory, died Monday, August 2, 1999.

He is survived by his nephew, William D. Collier and wife, Betty of Albuquerque; niece, Betty Higgins Gentry and husband, Paul of Albuquerque; great-nephew, William L. Collier; great-nieces, Candace Collier, Dawn Campbell, Linda Higgins, Alice Ann Wylie, and Lori Sturgess; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dickason was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, in 1992.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, York Rite, Rio Grande Chapter, Ballut Abyad Shrine Temple, and B.P.O. Elks Lodge #461. Mr. Dickason began practicing law in New Mexico in 1932. In 1934, he became partner in Rodey, Dickason Law Firm, before retiring in 1971. Mr. Dickason served with the New Mexico State Senate for 12 years, from 1936 to 1948, and he was Majority Floor Leader for six of those 12 years.

Services will be held Thursday, August 5, 1999, 1:30 p.m., at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE, with Reverend Fred W. Dorisse officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Pallbearers will be provided by B.P.O. Elks Lodge #461. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, 6209 Hendrix NE 87110, or the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Inc., 615 Virginia SE 87108. French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.

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Majority Floor Leader NM State Senate
Author of "Direct Primary Law"




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