LJ Dixon passed from this life on September 5, 2021 attended by his son and daughter-in-law. He was born January 3, 1928 in Wellston, Oklahoma to Ruby and William J. Bryan Dixon. His father graded county roads with a mule team and they followed the work. When LJ was 7 his father died and they moved back to Harrison, Arkansas to be closer to family. When LJ was 20 most of the family relocated to Emmett for his mother's health as she needed a drier climate. LJ began working at the Emmett sawmill and often related how they were still moving lumber carts around with horse teams when he started.
LJ met Joy Elsberry, daughter of Ernest and May Elsberry of Emmett and they were married April 10, 1953. They had one son, Steven Dennis; born in 1955. They purchased some acres off the end of Ernest and May’s homestead and built a home below the old freeze-out hill. Just large enough that they could raise horses, cattle and some farming and enjoyed living in Emmett with family and friends.
LJ had always loved horses and many of our early family activities included riding clubs, field meets and occasionally helping a friend on a weekend cattle drive. At the Boise Cascade sawmill, he had several jobs but one of his favorites was knife grinder for the molding department. He had his own room that was quieter than the main work area and it was where the coffee pot was located. He always enjoyed the opportunity to visit and drink coffee with everyone during breaks.
After retiring from the mill with 42 years, he kept busy mowing small fields and lots with his tractor and for a time even built-up a small herd of black angus. Joy wanted to travel so the cattle were sold and they bought a 5th-wheel and went on an Alaskan Cruise with friends. For many years a morning coffee and stories with friends at a local cafe was a daily routine he truly enjoyed.
LJ was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy; his brothers, Loyd, Jack and Ernie and by his sister, Lorene Rains (Estes). He is survived by his son, Steven Dennis and (Cindy) Dixon of Emmett, his sisters-in-law Dietra (wife of Ernie) of Emmett and Frances (wife of eldest brother Loyd) of Harrison, Arkansas.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Emmett Cemetery. Viewing will be the evening prior, on Tuesday, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett.
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