Marvin Neil Dixon, 71, of Clarkston, Washington
Marvin N. Dixon, 71 of Clarkston, died Friday April 6, 2012 at Clarkston Care Center with his family by his side. Reverend Marvin Neil Dixon was born February 21, 1941, in the Portland, Oregon suburb of St. Johns to William and Ruby Dixon. After some rough teenage years, Marvin received his G.E.D. in his late 20’s and attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, graduating in 1978 with a Doctorate of Ministry and was ordained into the ministry June 4, 1978.
In September, 1972 Marvin married Dawn Lynn Bristow, in Corvallis Oregon. The two had two daughters, Amber and Crystal.
Reverend Dixon has served many congregations throughout his tenure, including youth minister at Liberty Church of Christ (Salem, Or), student church Crittenden Christian Church, D.O.C. (Crittenden, Ky), senior pastor at First Christian Church, D.O.C., (Winchester, Ill), senior pastor at South Tacoma Christian Church, D.O.C. (Tacoma, Wa), First Christian Church in (La Junta, Colorado), and finally senior pastor at First Christian Church, D.O.C. (Clarkston, Wa).
Reverend Dixon was certified with the American Association of Pastoral Counseling in 1985 providing services to many local families. In addition, he officiated countless joyful events such as weddings (even last minute over the phone) or blessing a new home for a friend as well as presiding over times of sorrow and loss.
When time allowed, Rev. Dixon explored his passion for writing. He had numerous commentaries and articles published throughout his perspective region in Christian periodicals and newsletters. In addition, his autobiography titled, “That Saved a Wretch Like Me” published in 1993, was token he loved to share with anyone hungry for an adventurous life story.
Surviving the Reverend Dixon are his wife Dawn Dixon, and his daughters, Amber Dixon-Skelton of Clarkston, Wa and Crystal Barron of Denver, Co. Also surviving Marvin are his two Granddaughters of Clarkston; Raelea Dixon, and Keilani Skelton, three grandsons of Denver, Colorado; Gavino Barron, Juan Barron Jr., Ezequiel Barron, and a brother Bill Dixon of Astoria, Oregon.
Preceding the Reverend in death are his parents, Bill and Ruby Dixon, as well as his sister Gloria Dixon.
There will be a memorial service, 6:00 p.m. Friday April 13, 2012 at the First Christian Church at 840 10th St. in Clarkston, Washington.
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