Paul E. Dickerson
Aspen, CO Colorado
Paul E. Dickerson of Montrose was surrounded by loved ones when he peacefully passed away early on Saturday, March 7, 2009.
Born and raised in Pea Green, Colo., on July 13, 1934, to Paul E. Dickerson Sr. and Gertrude Lane Dickerson, Paul (Dick) spent his years in Pea Green until graduation from Olathe High School in 1952. Paul was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and became the pride of Pea Green when, as a young boy, he traveled all the way to California to sing for Warner Brothers. He was a naturally talented thespian and musician … a talent that guided him to Western State College, where he proceeded to earn his bachelor’s in music education and later his master’s in English. It was while at Western State that Paul met Ann Leigh Foster. In 1954, they were married.
Paul and Ann moved to Montrose, where he became a junior high school English teacher. After his first year of teaching, he was called to serve his country. After two years in the U.S. Army, the superintendent of the Montrose schools petitioned the Army to allow Paul (a shining young educator) to return to teaching. Paul and Ann returned to Montrose to resume his teaching career. Paul was a lifelong educator. He touched many, many lives while sharing his passion for knowledge, learning and the endless possibilities that these bring to one’s life. He was a strong advocate for public education and worked tirelessly throughout the years to help reform the system in order to better serve the students, his first priority. Between 1968 and 1978, the family lived in Denver, where Paul worked as an educational consultant for McGraw Hill. He won numerous awards as the top regional consultant.
Paul married Meredyth Campbell in 1978. They were blessed with a long and adventurous union … travel, gardening and theatre were their passions. Paul was so grateful for the loving and selfless care Meredyth tended to him in his last years of declining health.
Paul was a founding member of the Magic Circle Players Theatre in Montrose. He believed in the amazing capacity of theater to bond and create community. He was a favorite actor, director, producer and patron of plays throughout the 48-plus years at Magic Circle. He deeply believed in supporting the arts in community. In 2003, he and Meredyth Dickerson were awarded the Lifetime Appreciation Award from the Magic Circle Players.
Paul had a great many accomplishments in his life but by far, his greatest was his family. He loved his children and grandchildren with all of his heart and soul. They returned his love equally.
He is survived by his wife, Meredyth C. Dickerson, of Montrose; children Paul (a.k.a. Tom) of Carbondale, Carol of Grand Junction, Staci of Carbondale and Jon Eric/Jessica of Montrose; grandchildren Christopher, IvAnn Sara and Hayden of Montrose; sister Phyllis and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by sisters Elaine, Dorothy and Marjorie, wife Ann and grandson Tyler.
Please join in a celebration of Paul’s life on Sunday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at the Magic Circle Players Theatre in Montrose.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Magic Circle Players, P.O. Box 1897, Montrose CO, 81402.
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