Roger Olen Dixon November 1, 1950 - August 11, 2012 He died the way he lived. He was busy working, lawn mowing to be exact, when the Lord called him Home. Roger had a personality that would not allow him to sit still for very long. He was in a constant state of giving himself away. Whether at home, Church, work or the mobile home park where he lived, if possible he would "make it happen", if asked. He loved his family, his Church family and his work family. His affection and care for his wife of 40 years, Maryetta, was unmistakable. Her "Nature Man" left this earth watching the sunset over rolling hills and evergreens on vacation in Idaho. Roger so loved his children and grandchildren, he continually wanted a growing relationship with each one. They are Roger A., his wife Nickie, Susan, her husband Bryan. His grandchildren are Kara, Jason, Megan and Carter. His brother by birth, Rodney and his wife Vickie were dearly loved. Roger shared his enjoyment of motorcycle riding with Rodney and some of his other Christian brothers. His "twin" brother by Divine design was Pastor Jack Lee. You couldn't help but wonder if they had been separated at birth. In 1978, Roger met the Lord and became a Christian with a growing knowledge, wisdom and devotion for Jesus Christ. He was the unofficial "go to" guy at Church and had a special heart for the youth. He always hoped to encourage them to make wise choices early on. Roger also was hired on at Quinn Co. in 1978. He left to go to work for the Kern County Fire Department for about 3 years, but as Floyd Hansen captured in his artwork, Roger just couldn't stay away from that "yellow iron". He returned to Quinn Co. for a total of more than 30 years. Roger served for over 5 years in the Army Reserves. He was trained and ready to go if he was called. A list cannot be made to include all the friends that he held dear, but if one could and you consider yourself to be on that list, you are. His parents, Cecil and Betty predeceased him and his youngest brother, Reese, died 10 years ago. A few lines in the newspaper can't fully describe the life of an honorable man, but if you knew him then you won't need even a novel to remember- Roger Olen Dixon. Viewing on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 4-7pm at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd. Graveside service on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:30am at Greenlawn Mortuary. Celebration of Life/Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 7-9pm at NOR Veterans Building, 444 Norris Rd. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on August 22, 2012