Remembering the late Dick Dahl


Dick Dahl served Sedona residents as both a realtor and a member of a variety of organizations throughout the Verde Valley for more than 40 years.

Dahl died on January 11th. He was 83 years old.

“Myself and many, many others mourn my brother,” said Joyce Partain. “We had just got to a point where we could spend more time together. The far-reaching influence of Dick Dahl was enormous. I’ve heard that most people are lucky enough to be able to count the number of lifelong best friends on the one hand. My brother’s are too many to count. “

Dahl was born in Denver and was the oldest of four children. The family moved to Arizona in 1955, where he graduated from elementary school and served as a teacher or principal for nearly two decades.

He began his career in real estate in 1978 before moving to Sedona two years later. In 1983 he bought a Century 21 franchise and later had four other branches.

For 38 years, Dahl used his real estate background and knowledge to act as an instructor for the Best School of Real Estate. He was also an expert witness on civil lawsuits related to real estate transactions.

According to Partain and the Veteran Equine Therapeutic Alliance, of which he was a member, Dahl was a very civic and served in various roles in local organizations. Some of them have served on the Sedona Chamber of Commerce board of directors for eight years; four years on the Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission, which he chaired for two years; an appointed representative to the board of directors of the Verde Valley Regional Economic Development Council and its president; and the Arizona Governor’s Small Business Executive Council in 1990, where he served for eight years.

“Dick has been a longtime friend and dedicated volunteer with many local nonprofits in the Verde Valley,” said Sandy Moriarty, Sedona Mayoress. “I hadn’t seen him in over a year and wasn’t sure if he was still in the ward. I was very sorry to hear of his death from COVID-19, he will be missed. “

In addition, Dahl was founding president of the Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute and remained a board member. Steve Estes, the current president of that organization, said Dahl’s death will be felt by all of those he has worked with over the years.

“Dick was a key figure at events at Arizona City Hall,” he said. “The 2004 Verde Valley Forum, which looked at economic sustainability and diversity, was one of them. The Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute was designed and established in response to the Forum’s focus on open space in the Verde Valley as a critical asset, both aesthetically and economically.

“Dick Dahl led efforts to establish the nonprofit and serve as the first president and permanent director of VVLPI, one of the region’s most productive nonprofits.”

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