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John L. Dixon

01/23/1953 - 06/19/2023
Service Date: 07/15/2023
Service Time: 10:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 745 N Val Vista Dr
Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

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.


  • You will be incredibly missed, dude. It’s not gonna be the same without you. Save me a seat, until we meet again.

  • Jessica Orgill

    You will be missed for sure! You were always so full of life. I love how much you lived nature and to be outside even in the heat of AZ! Peace be with you.

  • You are a good man. Always serving, Always happy. Thank you for your example. Through your ministering, you have touched and continue to touch the lives of those who knew you and those you loved. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. We loved having you cook for the youth events and campouts. You will be missed and we will see you again.

  • Bishop Richard (Randy) Scott

    John, I love you and miss you dearly. The years we served together in the Transitional Service office in Mesa Az, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You served with love, kindness, tenderness of heart. Always ready to serve others in need. You are a great friend and I miss you so much already. Until we meet again at Jesus feet, May Gods tender heart watch over you forever Jonny my friend.

  • Kathryn Ainsworth

    John you were a kind and helpful Ministering Brother. Your willingness to help do a repair when I needed it was much appreciated. I enjoyed the sweet treats you would stop by with just to see how I was doing. You will truly be missed.

  • Kerry Mortensen

    “Little John” as I often called Him as He and others rubbed shoulders in the kitchen areas of our camps where we were often feeding 50 to 500 people!
    John’s presence and expertise will be missed as we move forward but I know He is in a better place having a grand reunion with friends and loved ones that we’re waiting on the other side ! A Great Friend Indeed!!!

  • Thank you John, for your friendly demeaner. You are a faithful and stalwart man. I appreciate your example of friendship and kindness.

  • Johnny, you will be sorely missed. I sure enjoyed the campfires and many meals we helped cook over the years. Your service affected many people. You won’t be forgotten.

  • I could always count on a friendly smile from you. I will miss those smiles.

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