Michael Wayne Dideriksen 1954-2007
Michael Dideriksen, 53, of
Collins, died suddenly on
Michael was born on
Iowa to Eleanore
and the late James Dideriksen. Along with his only brother, the late Robert
Dideriksen, Michael grew up in a farming family. He always appreciated the
warmth of his extended family and a close knit farming community. Michael felt
the draw of the Rocky
Mountains, and he moved to
Colorado in 1974. Mike was a graduate of the Larimer County Voc-Tech Center Seed Analysis
Program in 1984. He became a CSA (Certified Seed Analyst) in 1985 and an
RST (Registered Seed Technologist) in 1998.
He worked at the USDA's National Seed Storage Laboratory in Fort
Collins from 1984 until 1989 when he began working at Hilleshog
Mono-Hy, a sugar beet seed company in Longmont, Colorado. In
2001, he was hired back at the National Seed Storage Laboratory, now
known as the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation.
He took the position in Fort Collins because it allowed him to spend
more time with his family.
Mike served the FRSA, SCST
and AOSA in many capacities, as a representative to the ISST board of directors, the SCST
Librarian, and most recently on the AOSA-SCST Consolidation Task
He and his wife Janet have been together for 26 years and were married in 1991. The
addition of their children, Sarah in 1993 and Daniel, in 1996,
transformed Michael into the devoted soccer, baseball, “anything that
my kids are doing, I’m there kind of Dad” for which he will be lovingly
remembered. They have a wide circle of friends and family
from Iowa, New Jersey, and Colorado. Mike also made many friends
abroad during his trips to Europe for Hilleshog.
Recollections of Michael, whether from his youth or the
recent past, always reveal an exceptionally outgoing, funny and genuine man who
relished the simple pleasures in life. It should comfort all those who mourn
Michael to know that he spent the last full week of his life doing what he
unquestionably loved best – he was enjoying life to its fullest with his family.
While on Spring Break in Florida he caught
some beautiful sunsets while sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean with a
beer in his hand and bowl of peanuts by his side. Mike lived life as though he were playing baseball. He stepped up to the plate and swung the bat with everything he had.
Michael was laid to
rest in the family cemetery in Hawleyville,
Iowa on Saturday, March 24,
2007. All are
invited to Michael’s Life Celebration which is planned in the coming weeks in
He will be greatly missed.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Michael Dideriksen Memorial Fund to benefit his children, in care
of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake
An online guestbook is available at www.allnutt.com.