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Wilford Moroni Dixon 1910 ~ 2006 Our cheerful father, grandfather, great and great-great grandfather peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, July 19, 2006. Wilford Moroni Dixon would have observed his 96th birthday next week. He was born July 24, 1910 in Elkol, Wyoming. Dad graduated from West High School and was proud of early accomplishments: award-winning swimmer at the original Deseret Gym, Boy Scout, sometime violinist, and ball player. The girl next door was Klea Ross. They swept each other off their feet on the dance floor and then as constant life companions, married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 20, 1934. He was able to teach his children a marvelous work ethic as a result of his own experiences, ambitions, skills, and ingenuity. Our dad was never without employment. With a Model-A Ford he sold household goods to Idaho farmers, drove a taxi, worked in service stations, upholstered at Stover Bedding, sold Allstate Insurance, then during World War II he supervised shipments of military goods to the armed forces throughout the world from his Hill Air Force Base position. Dad went to work for the post office and received citations for a perfect record of safe driving and 50 years of membership in the National Letter Carrier's Association. When their children grew up, mother and dad always continued to help. Whether it was a plumbing or handyman job, fixing a car, building a wall, or traveling to tend grandchildren, they were both eager to help. Dad was an LDS Stake clerk, Priesthood leader, and along with mother served many years directing church services at the Golden Living Retirement Center. They proudly saw each of their three children serve missions. Beyond career and church success, Dad was a barrel of fun with grandkids. They ran foot races and wrestled. He never hesitated to roll around on the ground with the kids. They camped and vacationed to parks in the west. He taught us how to throw a ball. Wilford M. Dixon was the last surviving of the eight children of Sarah Ellen Taylor Dixon and Thomas Dixon. Dad is survived by his children: Richard (Patricia), Louise Hiller (Ken), and Gary (Maren), 14 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Saturday July 22, 2006 at 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, funeral services will follow the viewing at 5:00 p.m. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, at 6:00 p.m.