Jack Bechdol lived his life to the fullest and on his own terms. Jack was born in Logansport, Indiana on June 12, 1934. The Bechdol family moved to Albuquerque, NM when Jack was 11. The summer Jack turned 12 he answered an ad for a cowboy job in Lindrith, NM. This action foretold the direction of his life. Jack made Lindrith his home, building his ranch and raising his family there for 70 years.
Jack passed away on August 19, 2017 in Rio Rancho, NM. Jack was the last child of his immediate family, being preceded in death by his partner and wife of 54 years, Jessie Bechdol, his parents, Wayne and Margret Bechdol, his brothers, Sam, Opie and Dick Bechdol, his sister Mary Carver and his beloved twin, Jean Hardy. Jack is survived by three daughters, Laura Riley, Mary Lynn Bransford, Leona and Don Bennet. He was blessed with six grandchildren and their spouses, Ashley and Ryan White, Katelyn and Jimmy Hart, Quirt and Nattie McDaniel, Bonnie and Clayton Smith, Ty Bransford and Mitchell Bennet, and his partner in crime, Kody White – his only great grandchild. Additionally, Jack was beloved and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Jack was a friend to all and will be missed by many. Jack loved riding, hunting, dancing and life in general. He taught his daughters how to dance as soon as they could walk. He was the most sought after dance partner in Lindrith, and Jessie shared him with grace. His household was always full of joy and laughter. Gatherings included the family, the neighbors, coworkers and anyone just passing by. Summers always involved large potluck dinners, sleepovers, hayrides, campfires and stories – which grew to legends over the years. His family often tell tales about rescuing baby deer, training hawks, roping wild goats and the joy of ranch living. Jack and Jessie taught several generations of Bechdol’s and Post’s responsibility, happiness and love of life in northern New Mexico.
Being a rancher was Jack’s dream and he worked successfully throughout his life. Jack also worked in the oil and gas industry in a variety of jobs, from roughneck to pipeline maintenance to management of a field. Jack was an active member of the Lindrith Community. He served on the Lindrith Recreation Association, as a leader in the Road Runner 4-H club, a barn superintendent at the Rio Arriba county fair, he worked on the establishment of the Lindrith Charter school, represented the community in working with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the oil and gas industry, these are just a few of Jack’s many accomplishments in life. Jack treasured his community and family more than other aspect of life. Any who knew him were blessed with a true friend and loving individual.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
2400 Southern Blvd
Rio Rancho, NM 87124