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June 1, 1941 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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On November 21, 2023, David Hixon, beloved father and husband, passed away in Columbus, OH at the age of 82. He was born in Elkhart, IN, earned his Eagle Award in Boy Scouts, joined the Air Force at the age of 18, and met his wife in California. He eventually settled down there and got a Bachelor’s Degree in physics from UCLA and a Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in Engineering and Business Management. David always had an interest in space—during the course of his career, he worked for TRW, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Lockheed, Raytheon, and Aerospace. Eventually, he moved to Northern Virginia, living there for 36 years before moving to Columbus. He raised 5 children who kept him on his toes and 3 grandchildren who keep them on theirs.
He led a full remarkable life, never content to stay sitting. David was active in his church where he served in numerous capacities including as a vestry member, choir member, and Lay Eucharistic Minister. Music was always a part of him and he could often be heard practicing the organ, piano, or recorder. He held leadership positions in the Boy Scouts and joined his twin sons on backpacking trips as they earned their Eagle Awards. He also earned a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, which he practiced with his children. His hobbies included model rockets, creating brass rubbings and drawings, gardening, and woodworking which he used to build furniture for his family as well as to design and build a pipe organ.
David is preceded in death by his parents, John and Wilma, sisters, Patricia and Susan, and daughter, Amy. He is survived by his wife Julie; daughters Rachael and Sarah; sons David and Spencer; grandchildren Adelaide, Caroline, and Samuel; and his nephew Marc.