On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Dawn M. Hegdahl, loving wife and mother passed away at age 75. Dawn spent her last moments at her beautiful home, her favorite place on earth. She spent much of her life as a surgical technician where she worked for a prominent hair transplant surgeon, later owning and operating a successful daycare business. After retiring, Dawn and her husband of 36 years, Mike, designed and built their dream home in the mountains of Colorado. Along with her husband Mike Hegdahl, she is also survived by her daughters Michele Even and Leah Taylor (Jeff), grandchildren, Aubrey Boyle (Dylan), Alivia Even, Jaxon, and Presley Taylor, great grandchildren Kayson, Sutton, Fallis, and Banning Boyle as well as brothers Shawn Erickson (Cindy) and Todd Erickson. Of special note, she is also predeceased and now reunited with her baby girl, Mari Hegdahl.
Dawn was a collector of all things fancy and beautiful, as long as it fit in with her blue and white porcelain china and there was not a person who knew her who did not know of her extraordinary collection; there's no doubt that Pottery Barn lost a loyal customer, but heaven gained an amazing Christmas Tree decorator. She was known for having the most beautiful, fancy, hard-to-read handwriting which was indicative of her eloquent style, but Mike was thankful for texting when it came to grocery lists. She loved spending time outside on the mountain, gardening and being with her other babies, Storm and Sugar. Dawn could make anyone laugh without even trying. Some would say she didn't have a choice but to have a good sense of humor in order to laugh at Mike's jokes all the time, but those who knew her best know she was just as funny (maybe funnier) on her own. Her cooking was amazing and her family loved spending time with her in the kitchen; if you ask her daughters, most recipes called for a good wine and a ton of laughs and love, occasionally the wine even made it in the food. For the grandchildren, it was coffee. Coffee was one of her favorite things and she made it a special sort of Grandma-only thing, starting the tradition with her first grandbaby, Aubrey then Alivia and finally Jaxon. Presley didn't quite make it, but she did get to have hot apple cider in a special little tea cup just as small as she was.
The family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and loving support in this difficult time. For many of you, this is the first you are hearing of the devastating news. Please feel free to reach out to the family at any time as your words of love and encouragement are welcomed.
Memorial services are being planned for early summer, 2023 and details will be given at a later date when they become available. At that time, years worth of blank holiday, birthday, and miscellaneous special event cards will be given to their respective family members and friends; she was going to send them, but family tradition dictates that they stay in a drawer. I'll leave you with one of Dawn's favorite quotes: "If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy flowers for although the bread will nourish your body the flowers will nourish your soul."