Reid Dixon

Reid Wesley Dixon

Tuesday, May 26th, 1964 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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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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Henry and Barbara Day

Posted at 03:09pm
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Posted at 11:19am
My heart was sadden to read about the the loss of Reid and wanted to give my warmest condolences to the family. To lose someone so well loved can bring such sadness but the God of all comfort tells us at 2 Kings 20:5 He feels our pain. At we can read in the Bible John 5:28,29 that not only does God care but it will move him to remove all the suffering he sees and he gives the assurance that you will have him in your life once again. May all the beautiful memories you have give you calm and peace until God’s promises come true. Again so very sorry for your heartache. 💐


Posted at 07:59pm
Words cant expressed how much Reid helped me through Struggling thoughts on life and relationship. I will miss his two egg breakfast and our talks.
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Ben & Corry Smit

Posted at 12:20pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Ben H. Smit

Posted at 12:12pm
I had the privilege to work with Reid as a customer and processed his finest world renowned Blackglama mink. He demanded the highest standards like he did of his own. Reid became a friend. I also experienced his leadership as chairman ( my boss) of American Legend Cooperative. I admired his vision of bringing the NA mink industry together. Unfortunately others on the board did not share his foresight at the time . The industry now is partly reaping the terrible consequences of their ignorance. Reid you were right. May God’s eternal peace be with you.

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