Lee Ramsdell Dye passed away March 2, 2013 at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon. He was 78. He had been a resident of Bend, Oregon for three years.
He was born September 25,1934 in Amarillo, Texas, the son of the late Drs. Mary and Everette Dye. He is a direct descendent of Susannah Dickinson, one of only two American survivors of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. He grew up in Plainview, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1956. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1960 and was stationed in Orleans, France. It was during these years that he began a lifelong love of French culture.
In 1960, he settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he lived for fifty years. There he owned the Jemez Insurance Agency in Los Alamos and then the Kelly Agency of Santa Fe. He later served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Santa Fe.
Throughout his life, he was an avid skier and tennis player. His favorite past-times included extensive travel throughout France, studying and collecting wine, reading the history of World War II, and watching sports... especially his beloved SMU Mustangs.
Lee is survived by his wife, Frances Dye, of Bend; a sister, Susannah Lunenfeld of Tustin, CA; two children, David Dye and Lisa Dye, both of Santa Fe; and a grandson, John Dye, of Santa Fe. A memorial will be held in Santa Fe in the spring.