Dale W. Anderson, co-owner of Aztec Media and grandfather extraordinaire died on Thursday, August 16 from a heart attack. He was just 77 - it was too soon and we all wanted more.


He inspired us

Dale valued everyone and their opinions, and had the ability to convince us all that we were better, braver and more capable than we thought we were. With a touch of Tom Sawyer he could inspire people to do much more than whitewash the fence. He was a big man with a big heart who thoroughly enjoyed his family and the Four Corners, the history, cultures and the people, and politics. He loved it all.


The overview

After graduating from Antioch College in Ohio and working there in administration in the late 1960’s, he and then wife, Jessica, and their three girls moved to Durango, Colorado in 1971, where he was the Director of Cooperative Education at Fort Lewis College. Seeking adventure in 1975, Dale, Jessica and the daughters sailed on the East Coast and the Caribbean for a year, then returned to Durango. Dale made Aztec his home in 1987.

Dale is survived by his partner, Anna Chavez; three daughters - Charlene Anderson (Ed Mosimann), Belinda Swope (Pat Swope), and Amanda Edgerton (Eric Edgerton). He was the proud grandfather of James Swope, Danielle Swope, Kyle Edgerton, Becca Edgerton-Frings (Matt Frings). He is also survived by: his former wife and mother of his children, Jessica Anderson; stepson Paul McDonald; five nieces and nephews; and more friends than we’ll ever know.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aztec Museum, 125 N. Main Avenue, Aztec, NM 87410.

Many thanks

Dale’s family would like to thank the caring employees at Blake’s Lotaburger, the emergency responders, and the staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center who all worked valiantly to help. Dale (our Popo) would have put his hand out to shake yours and said, “Put it there. You done good, kid.”

Celebration Information - September 15, 4:00 pm

A memorial celebration of Dale's life and journey will be Saturday, September 15, at the Aztec Museum at 4:00 pm. Come early and tour the museum. Bring a story, a tale or a yarn to share. Light refreshments will served. We will be outdoors with only partial shade, so please prepare for the sun.

Date: September 15, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm (come at 3:00 or 3:30 to tour the museum)
Location: Aztec Museum, 125 N Main Ave, Aztec, NM 87410. The west gates will be open in the lower part of the museum (on Park Avenue and North Park Avenue, near the municipal complex) for easy parking. Map

“He illuminated what it means to be a friend.” 
- Liza Doran
“He was my best friend.”
- Anna Chavez


“He showed me that I could do anything.”
- Charlene Anderson