Grant DeGrey Dixon, 84, of Halfway died June 4, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. Vault interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.
Grant was born on April 11, 1919, at Provo, Utah, to Arnold Dixon and Letitia May Banks. He attended high school at Provo. He attended college at UCLA, Brigham Young University and the University of Oregon. Grant worked at Lockheed aircraft during World War II.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1943. He married Florence Rosella Marks on Feb. 8, 1946, at Spokane, Wash. Grant’s Air Force career covered 24 years. The couple were stationed at Spokane, Wash., Corvallis, Dayton, Ohio, Tokyo, Japan, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, San Antonio, Texas, and Baffin Island, Canada.
Grant retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1967. He then worked for the Fremont National Forest at Lakeview for 13 years as a civil engineer. Grant then retired and moved to Halfway in 1981 where he enjoyed gardening, his grandchildren, photography and computers.
He was very active in the local community. He was past commander for the Halfway VFW, Post 7847, past commander of VFW District 6, past grange master of Pine Valley Grange and a member of the Baker County Planning Commission.
Survivors include his wife, Florence “Flo” of Halfway; a son, Greg, of Halfway, daughter-in-law, Laurie, and grandchildren, Jake and Claire; a son, Mike, daughter-in-law, Susan, and granddaughters Emily, Alice and Molly of McCall; son, Brent, daughter-in-law, Patti, and grandsons, Robert, Johnny and Matthew, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brothers, Bruce, and his wife, Colleen, Floyd and his wife, Lois, Robert and his wife, Genniel, and Douglas and his wife, Helen; sister, Gloria Richardson and her husband, Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Howard and Eldon; and sisters, Evelyn and Doris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 13, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor