The credit didn’t matter to Allen Dines — he just wanted to get the work done. And he was willing to work with anyone.

That’s how colleagues, friends and family describe the former Democratic Colorado House speaker from Denver, who died at in-home hospice Dec. 17 in Pennsylvania at the age of 99.

“The picture that I have of him is someone who respected anyone’s point of view whether he shared it or not,” Dines’ daughter, Lucy Delsol, said. “I think in general that’s something that’s seriously lacking (nowadays).”

Dines, a World War II veteran, was born in Denver, attended Yale University, joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, and after returning from the war, went to Harvard Law School. A lawyer by profession, Dines spent 18 years in the Colorado legislature: 1957-1966 in the House and 1966-1974 in the Senate.

Yet much of his legacy is tied to the work he did outside the Capitol, including donating his 80-acre ranch in 2015 to expand Staunton State Park. His property was located in the southeastern section of the park, about six miles west of Conifer. It was the last private holding surrounded by the park, so the donation helped connect the sections for people and wildlife.

“For him to turn that property over to the state and donate it to us is a huge benefit to the people of Colorado and certainly the state park,” Staunton State Park manager Zach Taylor said.

Temporary park employees are currently living in the Dines house, but the park is in the process of renovating it and plans to open it for public rentals in the next few years.

“Staunton State Park was largely created by donations from two Coloradans, Frances Staunton and earlier donations from or facilitated by Allen Dines. Each of these contributors loved their mountain ranch landscape,” Jennifer Anderson, Staunton State Park manager at the time, said in 2015.

Bob Beegle, Denver Post file

Members of the panel on “Heart of the Empire,” a Sunday program series, held on Jan. 20, 1957, on Channel 9, dealing with the Colorado legislature are, from left: Bill Amlong, program moderator, Sen. Neal Bishop, D-Denver; Rep. Palmer Burch, R-Denver, Sen. Vern Cheever, R-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Allen Dines, D-Denver, on January 20, 1957.