Dale John Randorf
May 21, 1934 – November 12, 2023
Dale John Randorf, age 89, of Placitas, New Mexico, died Sunday morning, November 12, 2023 at Advantage Senior Living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Born May 21, 1934 in a farm outside of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Roy Mathais Randorf and Mina (Minnie) Louisa Randorf.
Dale graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering on June 3, 1956 and became an Aerospace Engineer for Lockheed and Honywell.
While at Honeywell, Dale Randorf worked on the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft at Area 51 Groom Lake Nevada in the 1960s. Prior to Honeywell, Dale worked for Chrysler developing a turbine-powered automobile.
Dale was a former US Air Force Reserve Officer.
He retired to Placitas, New Mexico, where he became a 30-year resident, living in the home he designed and built with his wife Ann.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Minnie Randorf; his wife Ann; his sister, Birdell (Paul) Wangsmo and his brother, Robert (Audrey) Randorf.
He is survived by his brother, Gary (Betty) Randorf and numerous nieces and nephews who were very fond of him.
Dale will be laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico.