It is with great regret and sadness that we report that longtime, beloved Parkite and former Park City Magazine publisher, Dixie Dee Geisdorf, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 13th 2016.
Dixie was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on October 14, 1944. She grew up an Air Force brat, travelling throughout Europe, but always claiming to be a Georgia Peach. As an adult, her continuous love of travel landed her in California. There, while living on a sailboat in Marina Del Ray, she met the love of her life, Bill Geisdorf. Bill’s career eventually brought him to the Utah mountains, and Dixie’s adventurous spirit had her following her heart to join Bill in Park City. Prior to their Wild West adventure Bill and Dixie were married on March 1st, 1980, in Marina Del Ray. In 1981, Bill and Dixie were blessed with their daughter, Casey.
Dixie dove head first into serving the Park City community by serving first on the Parley’s Park PTO in the enrichment program. She continued in education by co-founding the Park City Education Foundation, and helping out with the PCHS Booster Club. Out of her concern for teenage safety, she was instrumental in developing the Grad Night Driving Program. Her love of theater brought her to the board of the Egyptian Theatre where she also served as president. Dixie was ultimately elected Park City Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year in 1994. She started a career in advertising at The Park Record; Dixie moved on from the Record to help build the Lodestar Magazine. As the publication thrived (and changed its name to Park City Magazine), Dixie progressed from ad sales rep to publisher. Dixie and Bill retired to pursue their love of golf in in 2013.
She was Casey’s biggest cheerleader. Dixie made a point of being at every gymnastics meet as Casey followed her love of flipping all over the country. Rain, snow, or shine she never missed a Park City High School football game. And while busy raising Casey, she was a favorite mom and cheerleader to many kids growing up in the Park City School District. She often could be found on the sidelines of the soccer field, as well as in the audience of recitals or performances ... always sharing hugs.
In 2014, Casey blessed Dixie with her first grandchild, Greyson, whom she bragged about daily. Dixie is survived by her husband Bill, her daughter Casey, her brother Rusty, sister-in-law Priscilla, nieces and nephew Virginia, Jennifer, and Austin AND, of course, grandson, Greyson.
Dixie was an avid golfer, lover of fine wine (2 Buck Chuck), the theater, travel, and was an all around fierce spirit. Dixie will be greatly missed in the hearts of many. Please join us in a Celebration of Dixie’s Life on Thursday, August 18th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street, Park City). In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been set up in Dixie’s name.