John L. Dixon passed away Monday, June 19th, 2023 at the age 70. John was a beloved friend to many and an active member of the LDS church. With his passing, he is now reunited with his dear mother, Margaret June Newbold, and his brother, Raymond Byers Dixon.
John was born in Springfield, Missouri and lived and worked in that region during his early years. He served for over a decade in the Navy, achieving numerous honors and medals. During his service, he learned to be a skilled electrician, a craft he developed and used through his career in the oil rig industry. His career provided opportunities to travel the world, visiting Dubai, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and countless other locales. Shortly after moving to Arizona, John joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and found a welcoming community of friends and neighbors, as well as countless opportunities to serve. He especially enjoyed his mission where he got to serve and help those in need. He was always a very generous and kind soul and loved to give gifts to charities that were dear to his heart. John went to culinary school and became a chef. He and his long-time friend, Dave Garza, had an award-winning food truck for a number of years called “Goodness Gracious Great Balls & Sliders”. John always loved to try new recipes for holidays or the Superbowl parties he attended. He was an enthusiastic drummer and earned the nickname “Animal” due to his red hair and love of drumming. He was a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
John will be especially missed by the Garza family, of which he was a long-time honorary member and was lovingly referred to as “Uncle John”. We miss you and love you so much, Uncle John!
A memorial service for John Dixon will be held Saturday, July 15th at 10:00am at the LDS chapel 745 N. Val Vista Drive Mesa, AZ 85213. John will be interred at the Veterans’ National Memorial Cemetery of AZ.