Dorothy "Dottie" Dieckman was born at 720 Rose St. in Georgetown on Oct. 7, 1917. She was the devoted daughter of Harry and Edith Hanson and the dear beloved sister of Johnny. She spent her entire life living in Clear Creek County and is the third generation of her family, her grandfather, Hans, arriving in the 1860s, and her father and mother in the 1880s. Our community has been the benefactor of her life-long commitment.
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Dorothy began and completed her education in Idaho Springs. She graduated in the spring of 1936 with her class. She was working at The Placer Inn at the time. Dorothy helped to support her mother and brother Johnny throughout their lives. She lost her father at the age of 3 to the Spanish influenza epidemic that swept through Clear Creek County, leaving her mother with two small children to rear on her own. Times were tough, and Dottie knew that as she reached adulthood, she would need to assist with the financial hardships her mother faced.
Dorothy was a devoted public servant throughout her professional career. In 1941, she began her service first as deputy court clerk in Georgetown, then the deputy assessor. She then moved on to the driver's license examiner position. In 1954, she was first appointed to the position of city clerk for the city of Idaho Springs. She held that position until 1972, when she ran and won for the elected office of city treasurer of Idaho Springs. She remained elected to that position of trust until the end of her professional career in 2004. She always felt this service to be a privilege and an honor.
At Dorothy's retirement party, then-Gov. Bill Owens issued a proclamation of honor: "Dorothy Dieckman's many years of public service are a shining example of how one person can make a difference in her community while inspiring others toward public service."
The county commissioners also honored her with a meritorious service award, commending her devoted years of service to the citizens of Clear Creek County. They recognized her with the permanent symbolic gesture of naming a bridge that is part of the Clear Creek County Greenway project in her name. As a bridge connects pathways, Dorothy has been a bridge of support for the residents of Clear Creek County. Former Idaho Springs mayor Dennis Lundberry issued a proclamation on that day that the bridge would be so named in her honor for the substantial and permanent recognition of the lifetime of meritorious service by Dorothy Dieckman.
Dorothy loved her music. She played for the Methodist Church throughout her youth and as a young woman. Most all weddings and funerals were accompanied by her beautiful music. She enjoyed playing in Central City during the war, never just for fun but as a second job to help out at home.
Oh, how she loved the piano and organ. She made our hearts sing on many an occasion. Her music was a symbol of her kind and generous spirit. She never met a stranger she did not like, and she always found the good in each person she knew. It was a privilege to be her friend.
Dorothy belonged to the Elks Lodge here in Idaho Springs and was their organist. She loved the ritual work and the dedication of the organization. She was also a lifetime member of Eastern Star, an honor she enjoyed.
At a later date, information will be available on services. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439, for all the wonderful services it provides to our community.
Published in Clear Creek Courant from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21, 2012