Farewell to our Friend Dax Gillium

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of a great auctioneer, Mr. Dax Gillium, of Denver. Dax lost his battle with cancer early Friday morning, but he was surrounded by family and left us in peace. 

Dax was a Past President of the Colorado Auctioneers Association, and the 2014 Honorary State Champion. 

More than that, he was my friend, and my brother. We started our careers together at Worldwide College of Auctioneering, and have been close ever since. We shared many laughs together. Good times or hard times, Dax was always there for me and for us. Although I told him to his face I couldn't trust his as far as I could throw him, we both knew better. I trusted him without a second thought. I had his back, and he had mine. 

He had an amazing deep, rich, golden voice. He was an incredible piano player, and no matter what path or career he took in life, he made his mark by entertaining others and making folks happy. He was an incredibly talented auctioneer as well. He had competed in the Colorado State Auctioneer Championships, and had placed in the finals. It was agreed by the Board, and the past champions, that had the cancer not kept him from competing, he would have won the contest at some point and become a State Champion. It was a unanimous decision to make him an Honorary Champion, and a decision  he accepted with great humility. 

Our clients and customers loved him dearly, and for good reason. He loved being an auctioneer. It wasn't a job or a career, it was a passion. A passion that showed through whenever he worked. He enjoyed his time serving on the Board, and was always encouraging to new and upcoming auctioneers. It was both a curse and a blessing to show up at a storage auction, because it was guaranteed that someone would say "oh, it's just you... we were hoping it was Dax". It's not that it was hard to hear... it was hard to hear everyplace I went!

Dax had an ability to make people smile - to make them happy. Whether it was his music, his golden auction voice, or his (sometimes really bad) sense of humor, everyone loved Dax. Including me. 

He was a man of many talents, and his greatest was the capacity to bring joy to others. He will be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten.

His pain is gone, and for that I am grateful. 

I will post information as I receive it, but there is no service planned at the moment. A celebration of life will likely be planned in the near future. 

In discussion with his beautiful wife Lu, we know that Dax would rather have us celebrate his life than cry over his passing. He would appreciate rather than flowers, that each of us find a local charity or organization for which a small donation would make a tremendous difference. Think of some group that would jump and shout to receive a small gift, and you'll honor Dax.

I'm glad you are at peace Brother. You've left a mark on my heart that will never leave me. I'm grateful and honored for the past ten years of you being a part of my life. 

I love you and I wish you safe passage. 
~ Rich 

"Goodbyes are not forever,
goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean "I'll miss you"
Until we meet again."

~ Unknown