Richard T. Dixon

Richard T. Dixon

June 11, 1948 - November 25, 2011

Richard T. Dixon

June 11, 1948 - November 25, 2011


Richard was born in Henderson, NC on June 11, 1948 and passed away on November 25, 2011, age 63, after a long illness. He resided in Lake Forest, Ca, formerly of Phoenix, Az.

Son of Penola (Penny), and Richard F. Dixon (Deceased) of Phoenix, Az. Brother of Barbara Aikens (Deceased). Father of sons Richard (Ruth) of Hoquin, Wa., and Robert (Whitney) of Mesa. Az.

Grandfather to Michael, Michelle, and Tiffany, Jessica, Joshua, David and Noah. Great-grandfather of newborn Mason Anthony, born Nov. 20, 2011.

Richard traveled throughout the world with his military family during his childhood until moving with his family to Phoenix. After the passing of his father in 1968, he graduated from high school, entered college, married (Lynn Ridgeway) then entered the Army. Served in Vietnam 1970. He was also an Avid Golfer.

Moved to San Diego in 1975 (married his 2nd wife, Debby Gibbitt), moved in 1980 to Mission Viejo, El Toro in 1989.

Since 1975, Richard was an Insurance Broker, started his own health insurance business in 1987, He was a recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award. A member of the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce and the South Orange County Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the Inaugural Lake Forest City Council in March 1991.

During his tenure as Council Member, he served as the Mayor Pro Tem in 1994, 1998-1999, 2001 and 2005. As Mayor during the years of 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Also, a member of the OCTA Board of Directors serving the citizens in many other capacities. He was also a board member of both the Crisis Assistance Program and Partners in Caring.

He will be remembered most for his love of his family, friends and the City of Lake Forest.

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28 responses to Richard T. Dixon

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  2. Terry Owens says:

    One of my favorite times with Richard Dixon was when I had use of the Bank’s suite at the Pond to see Eric Clapton. Richard looked just like the picture of Eric on his latest album so we rented a limo, arrived and acted as his entourage, and had everyone pointing and shouting, “There he is”. When Eric was due on stage we hid Richard in the back of the suite but to our surprise Eric came out on stage and had shaven his beard. Needless to say,we were BUSTED! Terry Owens

  3. Richard became part of our family and we will miss him.Mom Penny is a wonderful role model for all of us, and we will always have them both near to our thoughts

  4. Karen jones says:

    Our love and prayers are with you Aunt Penola and your family. Even though we did not see Ricky often we did enjoy the times we were together at Memaws and the time we visited him in Mission Vieho. He always had a great personality and always had something funny to say. Those memories will last a lifetime. We love you. Ronnie and Karen

  5. I am a travel nurse from Texas and helped take care of Richard in the Coronado ICU. He was very determined to help get his strength back to make the transplant list. We worked together with leg and arm excercises. I am so sorry for your loss. Richard had a special spirit that touched us all. God bless to you and yours and know that you have an angel looking over you now.

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