John Orville Colquitt, III


John Orville Colquitt, III left this world to join his lord and savior on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Jo Roberts Craig officiating. Inurnment is in The St Andrew’s Columbarium Chapel immediately following the service, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall]

John O. (76) was born on September 29, 1945, in Phoenix, Arizona to John Orville (Bud) Colquitt, Jr, and Margaret Jones Colquitt. He moved to Dalhart at an early age. He graduated from Dalhart High School in 1964 where he excelled in both track and football. He was a pivotal player on Dalhart’s State Playoff run in 1963 (back when only 1 team from each district advanced).  He played safety and was an All-State wingback. He attended the University of Colorado and graduated from WTAMU in 1968.

John O. married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann Robison. After graduation, John O. and Carol Ann returned to Dalhart where they raised their 3 daughters. John O. joined his father and grandfather in the family business they owned and operated from 1926 – 1983, the Dalhart Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Upon the sale of the company, John O. went to work for Amarillo Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

John O. moved his family to Dallas in 1985 where he was involved in a number of business ventures.  In 1987, the family returned to Dalhart where he took over the operation of one of his longtime ventures, Tri-County Equipment (John Deere Dealership). After becoming a motorcycle enthusiast, John O. opened an Indian Motorcycle Dealership in Dalhart and later opened a large showroom in Amarillo.

After the tragedy of 9/11, John O decided he wanted to help protect our nation. After training to become a US Air Marshall, he instead joined the Department of Homeland Security as a TSA officer. He retired when he turned 70.

John O. is survived by his wife of 57 years: Carol Ann; daughters: Margo Colquitt Burgess, Jamie Colquitt Rehm (Jason), Katie Colquitt McCorkle (Allan); twin brother, Jeff Colquitt (Pam), younger brother, Jim Colquitt (Anne); and the true lights of his life, grandchildren: Taylor and Peyton Burgess, Austin and Charlie Rehm, Maggie, Olivia, and Olliver Adams.

John O. was preceded in death by his grandparents, John O. Colquitt, Sr, Isabell Colquitt, Russell Jones, and Florence Jones;  parents, John O. (Bud) Colquitt, Jr, and Margaret Colquitt; and grandson, “JC” John Colquitt Burgess.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heal the City, 609 S Carolina, Amarillo, TX 79106.

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22 Replies to “John Orville Colquitt, III”

  1. I had not heard of John’s passing until today. I send my condolences to the entire family. I went to work at the coke plant in 1974 and got to meet John O. Sr., & John O. Jr. both wonderful, sweet men. I also knew John III, Jeff, and Jim, but my best memories are of Katie. She was in kindergarten or first grade with my son (Alan Loy Newman) and she took very good care of him that year. She was and I’m sure still is a very cute, sweet person. I am sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers

  2. I grew up in Dalhart and the older Colquitt twins were my heroes as the Dalhart Wolves fielded their greatest team in 1963. In 2013 I worked with Joel Hogue to coordinate the team’s richly deserved 50th anniversary and Decade of Dominance reunion. John and Jeff were there as was their lovely mother and most of the team and coaches. Sadly, some have passed on since that glorious return to Dalhart. I interacted with John frequently in coordinating that reunion. My brother Craig and I offer our most sincere condolences to John’s family. Heaven is waiting for one of the greatest of the Dalhart Wolves. Kevin Lovell, El Paso

  3. To the Colquitt family my sincere condolences. John O. was a good man who lived life to the fullest. He will be missed. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you in these days.

  4. I’m sad for you all and so very sorry! Hugs to Carol Ann and the girls, especially Margo who use to be my partner in crime. He will be missed. Love and hugs to you all…

  5. Sending much love and prayers to all of you. John O. was like a 2nd dad to me growing up. I always looked forward to his smile and laughter. He was a great man with a huge heart and will be truly missed.

  6. Marsha and I are so sorry for the loss of John O. I have such fond memories and wild stories about growing up with John O. and Jeff. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Carol Ann, the three girls and all of the family.

  7. Our dear friends — you have our sympathy, love, and prayers in your loss. Our families always loved being with you and yours. John O was a fine man and you are so lucky to have all your great memories. Hugs to all.

  8. I have so many fond memories of the Colquitts from the summer working at CocaCola Bottling, Central UMC, the Dalhart Wolves. Every younger Lone Wolf idolized and admired John, Jeff, and Jim. I send my genuine condolences and wishes for grace and peace to the entire family as you celebrate John’s life, so richly and well lived.

  9. My heart-felt condolences to all of Colquitt family. I am so very sorry for you loss. May our Lord be with Carol Ann, the girls, and all of the family in the days to come.

  10. What a light he was and he will be missed tremendously! Always a smile on his face! Love and prayers to you all! Xo, Chance, Amy, Addie Scott and Bebe Irwin

  11. Jamie- I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I am thinking about and praying for your family during this difficult time. Again, I’m truly sorry.

    1. My heart-felt condolences to all of Colquitt family. I am so very sorry for you loss. May our Lord be with Carol Ann, the girls, and all of the family in the days to come.

  12. Not only were John & Carol Ann like second parents to me…but oh how I loved seeing John at the airport every time I flew in and out! He always asked where I was going and we often talked about economic development projects throughout the Panhandle. My heart breaks for the family. He was such a fine man and he made everyone around him smile and strive to be a better person. He will be missed. We are blessed to have had him in our lives. Hard hugs to all of the Colquitt family. 🧡

  13. I’m sorry for your loss and praying for your family during this time. I have so many fond memories of John O when I lived in Dalhart. As kids we always ran through the neighborhood playing outside and he always had a smile and kind word. He gave me my first summer job at the Coca Cola plant that taught me hard work is good for you and makes you a better person. He will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace John O

  14. So sad to lose another classmate and long time friend. Many happy memories of growing up together. What a reunion is taking place in heaven. I can only imagine. Cherish the love and happy memories you shared until you are together again. Much love and prayers to all of you. Cheryl Carter Ricketson

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