David Bruce Dixon experienced two very different life journeys during his 56 years. His first journey began on February 4, 1960 when he was born, the fourth child of Warren and Suzanne Dixon in Mitchell, SD. He was a spirited, precocious, fun-loving and energetic little boy who took trips with his family to Colorado, to his grandparent's cabin in the Black Hills where he loved the horses, and to visit relatives in various places throughout the state. To make travel more economical, his parents purchased one of the first motor homes in the area and the family made a trip to the New York World's Fair, stopping to visit friends and relatives along the way. Everyone had children and the children had a wonderful time together. David's favorite thing at the fair was the boat ride through "It's a Small World." He also experienced lots of fun and adventure at home with his brother and his neighborhood friends. With three older siblings, he had the advantage of learning a great deal from them during his early years. As it turned out, David later became not only an inspiration to them, but to everyone who encountered him.
David's second life journey began shortly after he started kindergarten in the late fall of 1965. His life and the life of his family were forever changed when he was hospitalized with a sudden illness which caused him to be oxygen deprived. This robbed him of his eyesight and the ability to speak and walk. He was blessed to be left with acute hearing, memory of his earlier life and the never ending love of his family that have all been key elements in his enjoyment of life. The fact that his parents later purchased a second motor home which was adapted for him made it possible for them to include him in most of their travels including trips to Arizona and around South Dakota to see his siblings and their families. David loved listening to music and stories and enjoyed his time with family members and being ever present to listen to their conversations. When he heard something that was familiar to him he would always make his happy sounds! He especially enjoyed the laughter and play of his niece and nephews.
David's parents provided his care for as long as they were physically able and always included him in every possible aspect of the family's life, which not only made his life full, but provided the opportunity for countless others to have more empathy for those with disabilities. David learned early in his Sunday School years about being a light for Jesus and he certainly fulfilled that in all of the places that he lived, Mitchell, SD, Loveland, CO, and Sioux Falls, SD.
In 2011 David and his parents were separated for the first time when the staff at Avera Prince of Peace began caring for him. The family extends their appreciation to them for his care, for helping him to adjust to his new surroundings and for their caring comfort in his last days. He always looked forward to his twice daily visits from his parents. He also enjoyed his bright, cheery room in the new building where he passed away peacefully late on April 22, 2016 surrounded by his family who will forever hold him in their hearts.
Thankful for the blessing of sharing his life are his mother, Suzanne Dixon, Sioux Falls, SD; sisters: Karen Olson (Chip), Evergreen, CO, and Barbara Rance (Frank), Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Jeffrey Dixon, Northfield, MN; nephews, Scott Nickoley (Amanda) and their children, Damon, Donovan and Dylan, Sherman Oaks, CA, Todd Nickoley, Carbondale, CO, Andrew Rance, St. Paul, MN, and Kevin Rance, Sioux Falls, SD, niece, Molly Ball (Nick), Seoul, South Korea, and many extended family members. David was preceded in death by his father, Warren Dixon, who together with his mother provided him with a lifetime of loving care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to First Presbyterian Church or an organization of choice that serves people with disabilities.