John Dennis Molstad

July 3, 1940March 5, 2021
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John Dennis Molstad, age 80 of Dallas, TX, passed away at home on March 5, 2021 after a yearlong battle with leukemia. He was born in Duluth, MN on July 3, 1940 to George and Ann Molstad. John grew up in Proctor, MN and graduated from Proctor High School in 1958. He attended St. Olaf University and graduated from University of Minnesota-Duluth, with a degree in history. He served in the US Navy on the destroyer, Charles H. Roan. John married Janet Horn and recently celebrated their 51st anniversary. John and Jan were blessed with two children and two grandchildren. John was a parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Garland, TX.

John spent most of his career in Catholic education and went on to receive his Master of Education Administration from Louisiana State University. He was a beloved teacher of history and government. Throughout his career, he was a mentor and role-model for many new teachers. He truly believed in the value of education and the impact it has on young lives. He spent the later part of his career working for the City of Dallas in the City Attorney’s office.

John had many passions in his life. He was an avid tennis coach and player. Sailing was also an important part of his life, racing in many regattas, and even sailing through the Caribbean. In his later years, golf became John’s primary activity. Most days, you could find John on the golf course with his numerous golfing buddies.

John had many wonderful hobbies, but his biggest passion was his family. John and Jan spent many years traveling the United States and Europe. He liked to say that one of his biggest accomplishments was traveling to all 50 States. He was also a devoted father and grandfather. You could always find John attending every event and game cheering on his grandchildren.

John is survived by his loving and devoted family. Wife, Jan; Children, Neil Molstad (Kathryn) of Seattle, WA, and Emily Shelton (Stephen) of Richardson, TX; Grandchildren, Claire Shelton and Michael Shelton of Richardson, TX; Siblings, Lois Lewis of Oak Harbor, WA, George L. Molstad (Nancy) of Twig, MN, Susan Molstad of East Lansing, MI; many nieces and nephews; and his rescue dog Stella.

The family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Whiteley and Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center for their excellent care and compassion.

A memorial service for John will be held on April 14 2021, 1:30pm at St Joseph Catholic Church in Richardson, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating blood/plasma to your local blood bank or a gift to the Bishop Lynch High School (Dallas, TX) scholarship fund @


  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021


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Judy Davis

April 11, 2021

Steve, you were blessed to have experienced a wonderful father in law. He will live on in many memories. Love, Judy

Judy Davis

April 11, 2021

Jan,Neil, Emily, Claire, and Michael.
My heart aches for you all. You were blessed with a Great husband, father, and grandpa. Such memories you have. I have so many ,I can't even list them all. I could bounce things off him and he would give me his opinion. One memory that the kids talked about frequently was when y'all drove to Bham to pick up the sailboat John had purchased. When he crested the the hill all you could see was the boat it was so huge. I never did ask how the trip back to Dallas was like. We all got to take a ride in it when we visited Tyler. Always liked going to Ernesto's with him. He was one of a kind. He sure did love all of you. He loved life. He is watching over all of you. Be strong but also be gentle to yourselves during this time. Love to you all....Judy

Debra Schweitzer

April 10, 2021

Janet, Sorry about your loss. From what Judy says he was a great husband and will be missed. This is Deb from Charleston Judy’s friend.

Nancy Burkard Price

April 3, 2021

My condolences to the family

Anthony Davis

April 2, 2021

Dearest Molstad Family

Auntie Janet,Neil,Emily,Steve,Claire and Michael. It was heartbreaking to hear the news of the passing of (uncle Denny)— John Dennis Molstad. I am sure he is watching over each one of you.
I am writing this to acknowlegde the passing of my First Uncle.

My earliest memory was him at our house when we were getting ready to move from Newport Mn. To Birmingham Al.

I can remember the visits to Texas and Baton Rouge-when Neil and Emily were small.

Uncle Denny seemed to always have a hobby Tennis
If I remember correctly he also drove the school bus for a while.
And along with Auntie Janet a passion for education / teaching.

On a reunion trip to Arkansas Colin had the pleasure of meeting him and spoke of him often after the visit. He always left you with a good impression.
As Colin grew up, and visited Dallas he made it a point to get together with Uncle Denny and the rest of the family for a drink, meal and of course a round of golf.

It was always great to visit with him at all types of events—- weddings, birthdays and funerals/ celebrations of life.

Mom always talks about her trips she would make to Texas and always enjoyed his company —or she said his entertainment.

He will always be missed and remembered for being a great husband, dad, grandfather and uncle to me.

Love you all

Darwin Hutchison

March 19, 2021

I remember enjoying trivia with John and our friend Frank Brown at Bishop Lynch in the mornings before school started. I also looked forward to seeing him on the golf course occasionally. He was a good friend. May he Rest In Peace. Sending prayers to Jan and all their family from Darwin and Debbie.