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Reid Dixon

May 26, 1964 — May 4, 2020

On Monday May 4, 2020, Reid Dixon's family and friends experienced the monumental loss of

an exceptional man.

Reid was born May 26, 1964 to Loran Davis Dixon and Shirley Merrell Dixon. He was the fourth

of five children, and lived his entire life in beautiful Draper, Utah. Reid graduated from Alta High

School in 1982 and later from Utah Valley Community College.

Reid was an astute second-generation mink rancher. He and his brother Dane Dixon each

owned and operated mink ranches and collaborated together to produce some of the finest

mink in the world. Reid devoted thirty years of his life to his mink business. He took great pride

in his work, had unparalleled work ethic and unmatched attention to detail. Reid loved his

employees like family and had great compassion for them. He served the mink ranching

community both as a Board Member and President of American Legend Cooperative for 18

years. Reid was passionate about the mink industry and cherished the many friendships he


In 2019 Reid started a new venture and founded Dixon Excavation. He took great pride in his

work and always did an impeccable job. He had a gifted eye for artistry and precision, and he

loved "playing in the dirt with big machines".

In 2013, Reid married Michelle Mitton, the love of his life, and acquired an instant family that

he adored and cherished. He helped raise Michelle's two youngest children, Kara and Bryce

Dobson. He gave himself entirely to his new family and often said "this is the best gift he could

ever receive". Reid expressed his deep love and gratitude to his wife Michelle every day, telling

her she was the light of his life and that he was the luckiest man alive. Michelle told him that he

was the best man she had ever known. Many people share this sentiment. Together Reid and

Michelle hosted countless gatherings of friends and family, taking particular care to make all

feel welcomed.

Reid was a great friend and listener. He was genuinely interested in people, selfless in

conversation and always the first to offer help, with or without a request. He was thoughtful

and incredibly generous. Reid and his best friend, Brad Stevenson, enjoyed many adventures

hunting, fishing, exploring, birding, boating and simply developing a lasting friendship. Brad

was one of the most important people in Reid's life.

Reid had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed traveling both domestically and abroad. His

favorite place in the world was Tortola, British Virgin Islands, where he experienced the most

joy and peace. In 2014 Reid took his family with the Stevenson family on the vacation of a

lifetime, sailing through the British Virgin Islands, exploring quiet beaches and hidden coves.

The memories he created for his family, amidst gentle breezes and exquisite views, are


Reid is survived by his wife Michelle Mitton, step-children Skyler Kirby, Madelyn (Shigeo)

Kawamura, Kara Dobson and Bryce Dobson, grandchildren Ava Kirby, Roy Kawamura, Hugh Kawamura, parents Loran and Shirley Dixon, and siblings Randal Dixon, DeAnn (Glenn) Kenney,

Dane (Nadine) Dixon and Bryce Charlie (Candace) Dixon.

Reid's life will be celebrated with an intimate gathering of family members. The family

graciously appreciates the generous outpouring of phone calls, flowers and support. In Reid's

honor, make time to enjoy the beautiful great outdoors, work hard, live with generosity, and

keep making memories with those you love.

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