William Ray Dixon


William Ray Dixon, known to most of his friends as ‘Light', passed on May 24, 2019.

Light was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Letha and Nolan Dixon. He had two brothers, John and Frank, and two sisters, Mary Jane and Doris.

He always cherished his small town upbringing, where he learned to hunt and fish and to love being outdoors. He also deeply valued his family's Native American heritage and the spirituality it embodied.

After some years of travel, he returned to Kingfisher where he worked as a roughneck, an arborist, and a silversmith.

He and his wife at the time, Anna Lee Dixon, had two sons, Gabriel and Zachorion, in Oklahoma, before moving to Oregon.

In Cottage Grove, Oregon, their son, Leif, was born. They later divorced, but remained close enough to one another to both be full-time parents to their children.

Light took on a variety of professions over the years, most of which centered around his passion for art. He attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon where he focused on classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and writing. After leaving the U of O, he continued to write, draw, and pursue other passions such as making glass art. He also enjoyed playing harmonica, gardening, and just talking to people.

Light had many friends in Cottage Grove, Eugene, and the surrounding communities. He was open to conversation with everyone he met, and never hesitated to express his honest opinion or offer a sympathetic ear.

Light's parents and two brothers are deceased. His two sisters, Mary Jane and Doris, live with their families in Oklahoma and Arkansas. His three sons and their mother live in Oregon, as well as his two granddaughters and a step granddaughter.

He is, and always will be, deeply loved and missed by his family and friends.

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