John Stanley Tixier
1932 - 2017
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February 15, 1932 ~
December 23, 2017
John Stanley Tixier (Stan), 85, of Eden, Utah died peacefully on December 23, 2017. Stan was born February 15, 1932, in Clayton, New Mexico, second son (after brother Ed) of Edward and Dorothy Tixier. He attended the University of Arizona where he met Janice White, whom he married on June 28, 1958. They had three children John Stanley, Jr., Joseph Charles and Ann Clare. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master's Degree in Range Management from the University of Arizona in 1958 and 1959, respectively.
Stan served in the Navy as an air traffic controller for 4 years starting in 1951 and in the reserves for four years after that. He began a career in the United States Forest Service in 1959. He had many assignments in Arizona, New Mexico, Washington D.C. and Milwaukee, Wisconsin before transferring to Ogden, Utah in 1982. He retired as Regional Forester in 1991 and he and Jan moved to Eden, Utah. While serving as Regional Forster, Stan also served as the first Chairman of the Inter-Agency Grizzly Bear Committee. He was active in the Society for Range Management and served as its national president in 1991-92. After retiring, Stan began further careers raising foxtrotting horses and writing and performing cowboy poetry. He achieved particular success in the latter, performing often and winning awards at several regional contests. Stan was an author as well, writing Green Underwear, A Badge with a Tree, and Riptide, all very well received. Stan was also active in the community such as supporting Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel and his local Catholic Church, St. Florence.
Stan is survived by wife, Janice, son John and wife Suzanne, son Joe and wife Mary Kay, and daughter Ann and husband Allen; also by grandchildren Daniel, Christine, Stephanie, Lisa and David, and Eleanor and Austin, and Carter, Luke, Rachel and Isaac, along with many other family members and friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. with a Rosary with an open mic following the Rosary at 7 p.m. on December 28, 2017 at Myers Mortuary, 5865 S 1900 W, Roy. A funeral mass will be said at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 514 24th Street, Ogden, at 11 a.m. on December 29, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Society for Range Management Endowment Fund. Make checks payable to SRM Endowment Fund at Society for Range Management, 6901 S Pierce St. Ste. 230, Littleton, CO 80128, in memory of Stan Tixier. You may also consider joining Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel at
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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 27, 2017.
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December 30, 2017
Stan and I shared many memories of the cowboy poetry scene. We, along with Don Kennington, performed together as the "Sidekicks" on the Utah Performing Arts Tour. Though Stan and I were never really close, I had a great deal of respect for him. He had good character, high ideals, and was a true stand-up man. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Jan and the rest of the family. Michael S. Robinson
Michael Robinson
December 29, 2017
Anne and I are sorry to hear of Stan's death. We are out of town and unable to attend the services but send our condolences to Jan and family. We have known Stan and Jan for years, have enjoyed their friendship, Stan's poetry and taking grandkids to see the horse puppies. May Stan Rest In Peace. Jan, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken and Anne Freimuth
Ken and Anne Freimuth
December 26, 2017
Pat Lynch (left), Stan Tixier (center) , Kent Taylor (right) on Fishlake National Forest in August 2015.
Stan was a founding member of The Old Bulls Club, a group consisting of retired Forest Service officers who made annual rides in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado for 20 years (1996 - 2015).
Pat Lynch
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