Paul E. Dickerson Jr.
Paul E. Dickerson, of Montrose, passed away March 7, 2009, surrounded by loved ones.
He was born and raised in Pea Green, Colorado, to Paul E. and Gertrude Lane Dickerson. Paul graduated from Olathe High School in 1952.
Paul was gifted with a beautiful singing voice. As a young boy, he traveled to California to sing for Warner Brothers. He was a naturally-talented thespian and musician and received a bachelor of arts degree in music education from Western State College.
Paul met Ann Leigh Foster at Western State. 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 to return to teaching. Paul and Ann returned to Montrose to resume his teaching career. Paul was a lifelong educator. He touched many lives while sharing his passion for knowledge, and was a strong advocate for public education.
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 theater were their passions.
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. In 2003, he and Meredyth Dickerson were awarded the Lifetime Appreciation Award from the Magic Circle Players.
Paul had many accomplishments in his life but by far, his greatest was his family. He loved his children and grand-children with all of his heart and soul.
He is survived by his wife; children Paul (aka 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.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Magic Circle Players. P.O. Box 1897 Montrose, CO, 81402.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Magic Circle Players Theatre in Montrose.
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