Once again, Denton County Republicans are mourning the loss of a long-time activist within our ranks. John Dillard passed away last week following a year-long illness.
John was a Republican activist in Denton County for nearly 40 years, a familiar face at countless Republican functions. He served as Chair of the Denton County Republican Party in 2017/2018 and was the 2016 presidential elector for Congressional District 26. John was a delegate to all the Republican State Conventions since 1990 and was also active in local Republican clubs, working as alternate judge, clerk, or election official for primary or general elections since 1996.
For 16 years, John was an elected official in the city of The Colony, serving as mayor from 2003 to 2009 and on The Colony City Council from 1992 to 2002.
A founding member of The Colony Economic Development Corporation, he worked on the SH 121 and the FM423 Task Forces. He has served on numerous City of The Colony committees and civic organizations and was co-chair of the Support the Troops Parade and Rally.
A proud veteran, John spent 25 years with the Army National Guard in the 49th Armored Division and the Texas Army Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as the United States Army Armor School.
Professionally, John worked as a district manager for Siplast Inc. until retirement and was listed on the Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals. He graduated from Amber University (formerly Abilene Christian/Dallas) with a degree in business administration.
John was married for more than 40 years to his wife, Nancy, also a DCRP activist. He was the father of three children, daughters Ashley Dillard Joyce, Elizabeth Dillard, and son Steven Dillard and wife Lindsey Dillard. The pride joy of his life, granddaughters Caroline, Penelope, and Eva.
Services will be on Thursday, September 28 at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 740 Edmonds in Lewisville. Visitation is at 11 a.m. and memorial at noon. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Arlington.