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John "Jack" Dahl

January 15, 1930 — January 28, 2018

John "Jack" Dahl

John “Jack” Dahl, 88, Gackle, ND died late Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Wishek Living Center in Wishek, ND.

Jack Reed Dahl was born January 15, 1930 in Fargo, ND the son of CM and Eleanor (Reed) Dahl.

He received his education at Chaffee Public School and NDAC earning his BS Degree in Animal Science. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954.

Jack and Dorothy “Dottie” Davis were married February 23, 1952 in Fargo, ND. They made their home SW of Gackle where they owned and operated the Dahl Land & Cattle Co. with their 3 sons.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Gackle, American Legion, involved with the Town and Country Day Livestock Show, President of ND Stockman’s Association, National Livestock & Meat Board, President of the National Cattleman’s Association, Chairman of “Farmer Mac” and many other agriculture related organizations.

Jack is survived by his wife, Dottie; 4 children, Dan, Streeter, ND; Jeff and John (JD), both of Gackle, ND; and Margo (Mickey) Spring, Fargo, ND; 5 grandchildren, Samuel, Jordan (Kendra), Nathan, Brooke, Jasmyne; and 4 great-grandchildren, Hadley, Adrienne, Maximus and Azalea.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Martha and Kay; and daughter-in-law, Dorothy.

The family requests memorials to:

North Dakota Stockmen's Foundation
407 S 2nd St
Bismarck, ND 58501

Hospice of the Red River Valley
1240 W Main
Valley City, ND 58072

Past Activities

Past National Activities:

Member of the Board (National Cattleman’s Association)

Vice Chairman (National Cattleman’s Foundation)

Chairman (National Cattleman’s Foundation Industry Information Planning Committee)

Member of the Board (National Livestock & Meat Board)

Member of the Executive Committee (National Livestock & Meat Board and Beef Industry Council)

Member of the Advertising Sub-Committee (Beef Industry Council)

Member of the Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal Diseases to the Secretary of Agriculture

Chairman of the Board (Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation)

National Cattleman’s Activities:


Executive Committee

Board of Directors

Regional Vice President

Cattle-Fax Board

Chairman-Animal Healthy Committee

Vice Chairman-Animal Healthy Committee

Served on several special study committees

Attained membership sales award

Livestock Judging Activities:

Judged many country and state livestock shows and fairs as well as judging coach for local 4-H and FFA judging teams. Judged the following regional and national events:

National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO: Hereford Carload Bull Show (2 Years)

National Hereford Conferences (3 Years)

North Dakota Winter Show, Valley City (3 Years)

Red River Valley Winter Show, Crookston, MN

Northern International Livestock Exposition, Billings, MT

Regional and National Hereford Field Days (6 Years)

King Ranch Santa Gertrudis Field Day and Sale

State and Local Activities:

Logan County Livestock Association (Past President)

North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (Past President)

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (Past President)

Northwest Farm Manager’s Association (Past President)

North Dakota Beef Council (Past President)

North Dakota Beef Commission (Past President)

North Dakota Hereford Association (Past Board Member)

Board of Directors of Dakota Hospital, Fargo, ND (Past Member)

Advisory Board for North Dakota Vocational Agricultural Education (Past Member)

Advisory Board for North Dakota Extension Service (Past Member)

Advisory Board for Central Grasslands Experiment Station (Past Member)

Advisory Board for North Dakota Game & Fish Department (Past Member)

Agricultural Council of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce (Past Member)

Presidents Agricultural Club, NDSU (Past Member)

Consultation Board Member (Past Member)

Originated the Gackle Livestock Show (Chairman 1964-1974)

Gackle American Legion and Masonic Lodge (Member)

Served on Church Council (8 Years) Regional Council (4 Years)

Awards and Honors:

North Dakota State University Agriculturist Award (1973)

North Dakota Hereford Promoter of the Year (1975)

Soil Conservation Award

Honorary Chapter Farmer -FFA

North Dakota Cattleman of the Year (1978)

North Dakota Man of the Year in Agriculture (1980)

North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association - Appreciation Award (1982)

International Livestock Brand Conference - Appreciation Award (1983)

North Dakota Stockman’s Association - Top Hand Award (1987)

Governor’s Award for National Leadership of Excellence (1988)

North Dakota State University Alumni Achievement Award (1989)

John Lee Coulter Agribusiness Achievement Award (1991)

Society for Range Management Award (1993)

Testimonial Resolution of Appreciation (1994)

Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac)


Haut Funeral Home- Gackle
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    Gackle, North Dakota 58442

Prayer Service

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
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    Gackle, ND 58442

Funeral Service

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
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