Marty Jo Dixon was born Feb. 13, 1944, and died July 14, 2017.
Marty was born in Columbus, Indiana. He was raised by his great-grandmother, Ida Rothrock, and his mother, Joan Hayes. He joined the Navy in 1961 and retired from the Navy in 1980. He traveled the world and loved being in the Navy. He served in the Vietnam war.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Verna; his sons, Richard and Kelly Dixon, Marty Jr. and Karla Dixon. They have six grandchildren, Rachael, Brandon, Xena, Jason, Heather and Morgan. He has a step-granddaughter, Joia Hebert; his brother-in-law, Robert Bouillion and wife Gail; his god-son, Brad Bouillion of New Iberia, LA; his best friend, Carl Smith and his wife, Carolann of Reedley, CA.
He met Carl in 1964 and they remained friends all through these years. He has relatives in Columbus, Indiana: Jerry and Ella Mae Rothrock, William Rothrock, Larry Rothrock, John II Rothrock and Mike Rothrock; his aunt, Phyllis Rothrock; cousin, Vicki Gilham; and adopted sister, Rose Gay of Douglas, GA.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Joan and Richard E. Reed, and a daughter, Veronica Jo Dixon; his loving great-grandparents, Marshall and Ida Rothrock, and his grandmother, Myrle Rothrock.
Marty coached teams in football, Pop Warner, baseball, was a Boy Scout leader and served for many years as a Eucharist Minister for Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Marty will be cremated and ashes will be buried at sea by the U.S. Navy. A memorial mass will be held for Marty on July 29, 2017, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Orlando, FL, at 10 a.m.