Matthew
Dixon, Matthew David, 1/24/1980 to 5/27/07 Matthew joined the Navy after graduating from Hawthorne High in 1998. He was trained as a Nuclear Electronic Technician rising to the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. He served on the submarine USS Georgia for 6 1/2 years as a nuclear propulsion operator reactor control. Matt also served as nuclear propulsion plant supervisor reactor control for 2 years and nuclear plant maintenance supervisor for 3 years. He was awarded 2 Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals, 2 Good Conduct Medals and a Global War on Terrorism Medal. Matt also received ribbons for Sea Service Deployment and Submarine Warfare. Survived by his parents, Gary and Susan, sisters Naomi and Stephanie, grandmothers Viola Dixon of Juneau, AK and Jeanne Parks of La Puente, CA. There are many aunts and uncles who will miss him also. Services will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Navy Relief Fund or the American Cancer Society

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  1. The family is in our prayers for your sorrows to heal quickly and the the fond memories to take hold and keep your hearts smiling

  2. When Matthew’s sister were born, Grandpa and I would take Matthew on weekends to give Sue & Gary help. Matthew made it his job to help me with setting my hair. I used little curles that had brissles in the center to hold the hair. Then I used little pink pokies to hold the curlers in. Matthew insisted in putting the pokies in. The next day Matthew would pull the pokies out and unroll the hair. Matthew enjoyed this so much, that when he found out he was coming to Grandma & Grandpa’s for the weekend, he would make sure I was doing my hair.

  3. Matthew and Leggo’s. When Matthew started getting Leggo’s as a toddler, he was hooked. As Matthew grew, so did his love for them. Thats when the challenge started. Every year for Christmas, it was Leggo’s and more Leggo’s. One year, when Matthew was 10 or so, we thought we had him. We found a set, we just knew it would take a couple of days to put together. We found the largest at the time, an 18 Wheeler, cab and flate bed or box. Well, Matthew proved us wrong. After lunch, Matthew opened the 3000 piece box and had it finished within four hours. Needless to say, he beat us at the challenge. Love, Aunt Chris & Uncle Martin

  4. My heart goes out to you. Matthew always brought so much humor to our lives and lived life to the fullest in all that he did. Even now, I can close my eyes and see him smiling. He was a great “big brother” to my children and will be forever missed by them. We have been so blessed that God allowed him to be a son, a brother and a friend to so many during these brief 27 years. He’s home, he’s at peace and someday we’ll be with him again.

  5. I was fortunate enough to be Matthew’s Kindergarten teacher. He was a loving child, shy and mischievous at the same time! I watched him grow up into a fine young man that I am proud to say I knew. My heart goes out with love and prayers to his wonderful parents, Susan and Gary and his dear sisters, Naomi and Stephanie. This is a great loss to all who knew him.

  6. To My Sister & Family, I am greatful and give Thanks to the Lord for the many blessings Matt has given all of us for the last 27 years. I thank you Matthew for your strength. Thank you for protecting us and keeping us safe. Sue, Gary, Naomi, & Stephanie you are in my heart & prayers.

  7. To my daughter and her family, I have loving memories of Matt from the day he was born to the day he joined our Heavnly Father. Matt was a great joy in my life. Matt will always be in my heart and I will always love him. Just as I will always love you and keep your family in my heart.

  8. To my sister and her family, Matthew will be greatly missed by us. He was a joy to be with. His sense of humor and his smile will always be with us. Our prayers are with you. Physically he is not of this Earth, but he is healthy and walking with our Lord. Remember this, when things get hard and you are sad. Matt wouldn’t want you to be sad, he would want you to smile when your thinking of him. We love you and the family. We will always be here for you any time, day or night.

  9. To my niece Susie and her Family, I am so sorry for your loss and have prayed God will bring you peace as time passes. Know that Matthew is asleep with our Lord and as promised one day we will all be together. Aunt Linda

  10. I, too, watched Matthew grow up at Trinity. He truly always made you smile. He enjoyed fully participating in Sunday School and VBS. I also remember how thrilled he was to be involved in Robotics at Hawthorne High! He was a quiet blessing to many and will be missed. My love and prayers surround his special family, too!

  11. I feel very blessed to have had Matt as a friend. Some of my fondest memories are the times we shared growing up together. I remember looking forward to getting home from school so I could call and ask if he could “play” (luckily, our homes were within walking distance of each other). We rode our bikes, played video games (a lot of them), and did anything else we could do to postpone getting our homework done. Our days would usually end with a call from Mom asking us to come home for dinner. The bond I have with Matt stayed strong even during his years in the Navy when we were unable to see each other. His love and friendship will be with me forever. Gary and Sue, thank you raising such a wonderful person and for letting me be a part of his life. My prayers are with you and the family. Tommy

  12. Dear Susie, Gary, Naomi, Stephanie & extended family: Dick and I were sad to hear of your loss. Our limited time with Matt was a joy and we were proud of his career. Smart young man. Personally, I like to think that God has brought him home because he accomplished his mission here on earth. I understand your hearts are hurting. Each of you will work through this in their own way and own time. Be patient and lean on each other until you feel some peace. I will keep you in my prayers. Matthew: We’ll see you again. Love, Cathy & Dick

  13. Stephanie, Naomi, Gary and Sue! I really want you to know just how much your family has touched mine and Christopher’s lives. You have always had a special place in our hearts and will continue to do so. You are in our prayers and we send our condolences. As we are so familiar with the process of life after we had so much loss in 1 year. If there is anything we can do please let us know. PLEASE GIVE EVERYONE A HUG FOR US. (I can not be there for the services physically but I will be there in spirit. Yours Truely, Cyndi

  14. Dear Dixon family, We are deeply sorry for the loss of Matthew, and our hearts go out to your entire family! This must be such a difficult time for all of you, but we hope that you can rest in the fact that Matthew’s now in heaven, rejoicing with the Lord and he is no longer in pain. If you need anything, we are just a few doors down the way–if you need to talk or just need a shoulder to cry on, we are here for you! Take care and may God give you all strength and peace to get through this! Love, Marlene, Kathe, Stephanie, and Mark

  15. Susie, Gary and family: Sorry to hear about your loss. Matthew was a joy to be around. He will be greatly missed. Robert

  16. Susie, Gary and Family: Sorry to hear about your loss. Matthew was a joy to be around. He will be greatly missed. Robert

  17. Dear Gary and Susan, My name is Alan Bradfield I was on the sub James Monroe ’70-’74.I feel such an an affinity to your son.I am so proud of his service and the others like him.I would like to read his obit or anything you would like at the next subvet meeting 6/16/07. Contact me 310- 3777853 or alanbrad2@verizon.net. This is too short to express my thoughts. God bless you and comfort you in your loss Warm regards, Alan Bradfield

  18. My thoughts and prayers are with you thru this time of undescribable loss and pain. He was a great young man. He will be remembered always.

  19. Dear Sue, Gary, and Family: Our families were joined together when our boys became friends in the first grade at Trinity. It was fun to see them grow up together. We sure enjoyed the times us Moms got together to see them play soccer or attend the Scouts meetings. When they were little, we would walk them halfway so neither would walk by themselves. (Even though only 7 houses separated us). Thank you, Sue and Gary for watching Tommy and Linda for so many years. Matt and Tommy would try to get together during most of their time off from school, and they sure enjoyed their busy and quiet time together playing games and watching movies. Neither was a big talker but we could hear them laughing mischievously sometimes. They never seemed to disagree on anything. Matthew, with his quiet presence and the twinkle in his eyes became a staple at our home and we enjoyed him a lot. He usually declined our dinner invitations very politely -No, thanks- but when we mentioned a run to Taco Bell he couldn’t say “no” anymore. His answer was usually “OK I’ll have one enchirrito and a coke, thanks”. Many times we purposely would go to Taco Bell so Matt would eat and stay longer. Your family had a powerful and very positive influence on our family and we will forever treasure your friendship and the time we spent together. Thanks to you, the boys had such a positive experience with the troops, from Tigers, to Cubs, to Boy Scouts. Matthew was always a polite, well-behaved boy and a pleasure to have in our home. We will be always grateful for having known him and for having him in our lives. We know you are very proud of him and so is everyone who knew him. May God bless you and may the pain of your loss be eased by His love and by the love of those around you. Sue and Gary, please never hesitate to walk down the hill “the 7 houses that separate us”. We will be here anytime to talk, reminisce, pray, or walk together. With love, Tom and Nora

  20. Dixon Family, I would like to say thank you for letting me crash all your family get together’s so I might ease some of Stephanie’s pain. Mainly I just wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY 4th of July and to thank Matthew for fighting for our FREEDOM. IN MY BOOK HE WAS A TRUE HERO!!!!

  21. To our Aunt , Uncle and Cousins Naomi, & Stephanie, Matthew will be missed by all of us. Our prayers goes out to you. We are so proud of our cousin’s accomplishments in life as a student, a Marine, and a great friend and cousin. We will keep his memory in our hearts. Love you Matthew forever. Carlos & LaTanya Manuel

  22. Dear Gary and Susan, First of all, I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful son, Matthew. The second reason I am writing is to ask for your home address. My Father, QMCM Richard J. McGee, USN, Retired, 1980 with 30 proud and honorable years serving our country in the U.S. Navy, has asked me to try and get an address for you because he wishes to send his condolences. He saw Matthew’s obituary in the Daily Breeze. He always checks the obituaries and sends his condolences to the parents or relatives of his fallen comrades. He has only seen maybe two locally in the past. There is another interesting fact which caught my Father’s eye….Matthew was born on his birthdate, right along with me. We both share Matthew’s birthdate. My Father was born in 1930 and I, in 1955. I hope you will respond to my Email address above if at all possible. Just in case it does not show, it is: mailmom44@earthlink.net Please put Matthew’s name in the subject line. I will print the entire Email out and give it to Daddy. I thank you kindly. Once again, we are both deeply saddened for your loss of Matthew. I am very proud and thankful of his service to our country, as is my Father. May God Bless and keep you and your daughters Naomi and Stephanie. Respectfully Yours, Sharynn L. McGee, daughter of QMCM Richard J. McGee, USN, Retired.

  23. Dear Gary and Susan, First of all, I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful son, Matthew. The second reason I am writing is to ask for your home address. My Father, QMCM Richard J. McGee, USN, Retired, 1980 with 30 proud and honorable years serving our country in the U.S. Navy, has asked me to try and get an address for you because he wishes to send his condolences. He saw Matthew’s obituary in the Daily Breeze. He always checks the obituaries and sends his condolences to the parents or relatives of his fallen comrades. He has only seen maybe two locally in the past. There is another interesting fact which caught my Father’s eye….Matthew was born on his birthdate, right along with me. We both share Matthew’s birthdate. My Father was born in 1930 and I, in 1955. I hope you will respond to my Email address above if at all possible. Just in case it does not show, it is: mailmom44@earthlink.net Please put Matthew’s name in the subject line. I will print the entire Email out and give it to Daddy. I thank you kindly. Once again, we are both deeply saddened for your loss of Matthew. I am very proud and thankful of his service to our country, as is my Father. May God Bless and keep you and your daughters Naomi and Stephanie. Respectfully Yours, Sharynn L. McGee, daughter of QMCM Richard J. McGee, USN, Retired.

  24. Dear Mr/Mrs Dixon and Family, I’m one of Nora Ventura’s sisters. I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. I never met Matt but I do know he was a very dear friend of my nephew Tommy. Hope the many memories you have of your beloved son brings you some comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sincerely, Alba

  25. Im sorry to hear about Matt. If I had known about the services I would have been there. I have nothing but good memories of me and Matt back in the band/tall flag days. I’ll miss him lots. Jennifer Wallace-

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