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Welcome to Dixon Memories
This website will continue to be a work in progress.
Please check it occasionally for updated memories of Dad & Mike.

Eulogies for Jim

From A Celebration of Jim’s Life, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara.


Watch Testimonials from Dad’s Memorial

Family and friends shared stories at the reception following
the Celebration of Jim’s Life, Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Santa Barbara.




Jim, Mike, John

James S. Dixon 1932 – February 5, 2016

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 On November 25th, 2015 Jim Dixon suffered a major heart attack and spent the next 34 days at SB Cottage Hospital having 2 additional surgeries for his heart. Unfortunately, he was not able to successfully recover. Jim spent his final days at the Serenity House in Santa Barbara receiving excellent compassionate care with his family by his side when he passed away on Friday February 5th, 2016 with his son John holding his hand. Jim loved the grocery business like no other, it was his passion to say the very least. His farming & grocery career began 70+ years ago as a young man. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing and his Crystal Cruises all over the world with his wife Barbara, ice hockey, and his annual hunting trips to Colorado with his son Michael who lived in Kona, Hawaii.  Unfortunately, Michael James Dixon also had a heart attack and passed away on Saturday November 28th, 2015, only 3 days after Jim’s heart attack. They both will truly be missed. Jim was a generous caring man who loved his family, friends and customers. He is survived by his wife Barbara, two daughters, Cynthia and Sherry, his best friend Roke Fukumura (who continues to work daily at Tri-County Produce at the age of 93), and his son John Dixon, who has partnered side by side with Jim operating Tri-County Produce since 1985. Tri-County Produce will of course continue operating as usual with our wonderful team of people under John Dixon with the same philosophy taught by Jim, “Quality & Freshness are the #1 important goals”, along with great customer service!

 Jim’s Santa Barbara Memorial Date & Location:

Celebration of Jim’s Life will be held Saturday March 5th ,2016, 11:00am at the
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara 21 East Constance Ave.
(corner of State & Constance)
Public invited. A reception will follow.


Michael James Dixon

September 1958 – November 28, 2015


If you would like to share some memories of Jim or Mike please email your photos to:


Celebration of Mikes Life was held Saturday February 13th ,2016, beginning with A scattering of ashes at 745am on the Condor leaving the Santa Barbara Harbor with family and friends.
Followed by a fabulous Mike Dixon style gathering (great food & drink) at the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum at noon.  Aprox 175 friends & family attended sharing stories & memories of Mike by many.

Micheal was a Fun, Jolly person, a wonderful one to lead a prayer. He Loved to … hunt, fish, cook, woodworking turning bowls. Lived life to it’s fullest, loved his family and friends. A social leader He would always make time to call and gather friends. Shared things he either caught, grew, cooked or hand crafted. One of the most loving generous person we ever had the pleasure to call a bother, friend, uncle, son, and life partner.

We are better for knowing our beloved Michael, never to be forgotten, will always be missed with a story and a smile, we will see you again Michael. Many memories from Santa Barbara,
St. John, Maui, Lanai, Big Island – always travelling with a cooler full of love and goodies.
See you on the other side, we will miss you but never forget you and your kindness.
Rest in love Micheal.

If you have photos to share please email them to DixonMemories2016@Gmail.com and we will add them to this site as it will always be a work in progress.

Please in place of any flowers donate to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
in memory of Mike or James Dixon at : http://sbheartwalk.kintera.org/dixon

If you would like to donate by check please make payable to American Heart Association (or AHA) and note SB Heartwalk on memo line.
Please mail to John Dixon PO Box 4518, Santa Barbara, Ca. 93140

Thanks so much for your consideration.

The Dixon family proudly supports the American Heart Association in their efforts to fight heart disease. Each year John Dixon leads in the annual Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk to raise much needed funds to help save lives.


A special Poem By: Paul Cashman a great friend of Mike & family



There is nothing like hunting and fishing, spending time with good friends
Farting and Drinking, till one gets the spins
On the side of a mountain, or out on rough sea
with no partner than Mike, that I’d rather be

Up early in the morning, head typically sore
Anxiously wondering, what the day had in store
On ice mountains or rough water, Mike never complained
Even though the day’s plan, was often hare-brained

So there we were, on the side of the hill
Wondering how to pull out, those Elks we did kill
Half frozen and tried, 7 hours itdid take
Starting to wonder, if we had made a mistake

We laughed till we cried, I’ll never forget
Beginning to whine, when Mikes says “you pussy…don’t fret”
He pulls like a beast, and we get the Elk down
Headed back to the cabin, and then our first round

Be it fishing or hunting, Mike had a 6th sense
So stubborn he was, and always intense
Mike knew the hunt, way better than most
But humble he was, with rarely a boast

I’ll miss this man, we all will I know
I was blessed to be there, on his last rodeo
So a toast to our Mike, and all that he be
A true friend to us all, and so proud one was me

Past celebraton  was January 23, 2016  @ Kona Hawaii