Dale Nixon passed away peacefully in his home in the presence of love on Monday August 30, 2021. He endured Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, with courage for fifteen months. Dale knew his Heavenly Father was awaiting his arrival. He is now home in the presence of God.
Dale Alan Nixon was born in Oregon City on June 1, 1969 to his proud parents, Robert Lee Nixon and Joan Mae (Pratt) Nixon. He was the youngest in a loving family. Dale grew up on a farm in the rural area of Beavercreek, Oregon and attended the Colton schools. Being raised with cattle instilled in him the importance of hard work, integrity, and perseverance. While growing up he played baseball, showed cattle in 4-H, was famous for his show and tell stories, and played football.
After graduation, Dale enlisted in the US Army. He did his basic training in Fort Bliss, Texas and was stationed in Ansbach, Germany. He served as a Cavalry Scout in the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, better known as the 1/1 Cav. Dale was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He fought bravely from November of 1990 to April of 1991. His military career fostered lifelong friends who loved and supported him.
After his time in the Persian Gulf, he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. One evening he asked a young lady to dance. Two years later, on May 21, 1994 he married the love of his life. He brought Valerie (Borgstadter) Nixon to Prineville, Oregon where they have lived for 27 years. They have two beautiful children; Kaitlyn Elaine Nixon and Dallen Kinkade Nixon. His kids believe him to be the most epic papa ever!
Dale’s personality and charm always quickly landed him a job. He worked at Armstrong Surveying and then went on to work at Keith Manufacturing. His childhood in the forest taught him to enjoy nature. He liked to fish, hunt, spot all types of wildlife, and casually look at birds. In these outdoor experiences he so appreciated the God he worshipped. He loved to take his children to cut a Christmas tree and go sledding. He appreciated flowers and was especially partial to roses.
In his forties, Dale decided to dedicate his body back to fitness. He started to participate in triathlons. He taught himself to swim as an adult and worked his way up to complete an Ironman. His first Ironman was in Coeur d’ alene, Idaho. It was an extraordinary accomplishment. His family was gathered at the finish line to celebrate his success. His second Ironman was in Madison, Wisconsin. He then pursued a daunting 100 mile endurance race. Running was his happy place, and this community allowed him to meet some of the most uplifting and positive people who became dear to his heart.
Anyone who knew Dale knew he loved to laugh. It was booming, boisterous, and filled every space in a room. He was outgoing and opinionated with a big personality. Every emotion from anger to delight could cause him to laugh. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Dale was a positive force in many lives.
He is remembered and cherished by his wife of 27 years, Valerie Nixon, children Kaitlyn Elaine Nixon and Dallen Kinkade Nixon, Parents Robert and Joan Nixon, siblings Alice and Dave Coleman, Jackie and Rodney Veelle, and Kevin and Trish Nixon.
Due to Covid restrictions funeral services will be held outside at Crooked River Park Amphitheater in Prineville Oregon. September 11, 2021 at 9:00 am
Graveside service at 10:00 at Juniper Haven Cemetery 1555 N Main St Prineville Oregon
Fellowship and a meal will follow the graveside service back at Crooked River Park. Please join
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