Michael Earl Dixon

Dixon,M web picJuly 1938 – July 2015

Michael “Mike” Earl Dixon, age 76 of Hilmar, CA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 22nd in Turlock, CA.

Mr. Dixon was born July 30th, 1938 in Roswell, New Mexico to Earl and Dorothy (Sisley) Dixon. Michael attended Salinas High School in California and continued his education at Hartnell College before joining military service with the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician.

Mike was a lifelong Scout. His active membership with the movement started at age 10 in 1948, with Pack #13 in Salinas, CA. As a youth, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1952. He was active in Sea Scouting and assisted in starting the Knights of Dunamis (a predecessor to N.E.S.A.) and the Order of the Arrow in his council.

As an adult volunteer, Mike served two years with the Scout Atlantic Council in Europe. While in the Air Force he served as a Scoutmaster at Bitburg Air Base, Transatlantic Council in Germany.

After Mike’s military service, he served with the Monterey Bay Area Council, then became Assistant District Executive of the Central District Boy Scouts of America. Other positions he has held as a volunteer have been Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Field and Unit Commissioner, District and Council Committee Member. As a professional, Mike served with the Scouts in several different Councils in California and in Micronesia (Guam).
While serving as Program Director in the Yosemite Area Council, he was the pioneer camp director and was responsible for the primary development of “Pendola Scout Reservation”. He was also responsible for beginning the “Central California Wood Badge Program” and served on seven Wood Badge staffs.

In 1995 he was honored at his retirement, in recognition of 33 years of active leadership and professional service. He continued until his death as a volunteer and mentor with the Scout program.

Mike attended many jamborees, scouting events, camps, training (as Trainer), receiving many accolades throughout his scouting career, including the Silver Beaver award in 2007, and was the recipient of The Life Achievement Award in the El Capitan District (now El Oro).

Mike leaves us and his scouting community with a legacy in membership, service, leadership, mentorship, and volunteerism totaling 65 years with the Scouts, the last 34 years of which were served with his wife, Marie, at his side.

In Mike’s “spare” time, he loved to work on his crafts, most importantly his beaded wall hangings. He enjoyed Indian Folklore and collected many stories. He became an excellent storyteller and was invited to many events to share his talent as speaker.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Marie (Medeiros) Dixon of 34 years; his brother Terry Dixon (and wife, Leslee) Dixon of Whittonberg, Arizona; daughters Roberta Dixon of Phoenix, Arizona and Kathryn Dixon of Glendale, Arizona. He is also survived by his six stepchildren and their spouses: Jan Silveira, Theresa (and Keith) McIntire of Merced, Ann Davis of Hilmar, Tony (and Joyce) Medeiros of Hilmar, Louis (and Toni) Medeiros of Modesto, and Michael (Julie) Medeiros of Hilmar; 11 step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Earl Dixon and his mother Dorothy (Sisley) Dixon, and his first wife Ruth (Leavitte) Dixon.

A Visitation will begin at 10:00am on Thurs., July 30, 2015 and a Chapel service will follow at 11:00am at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA. Internment will be at 2:00pm at the San Joaquin National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Rd., Santa Nella, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to your local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America or to the following address: Greater Yosemite Council, Boy Scouts of America, 4031 Technology Dr., Modesto, CA 95356.

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