Community service

Linda and Floyd Dixon embrace community service in North Powder

July 31 – NORTH POWDER – Linda and Floyd Dixon received the ride of their lives at the North Powder Huckleberry Festival last weekend.

The North Powder couple, the grand marshals of the festival, helped lead their parade on Saturday, July 30, as they rode in a 1926 REO Roadster, a vehicle that had to be started with a crank.

“It was a great experience,” said Linda Dixon, who said she enjoyed being in a vehicle with a roof as it protected her from the blazing sun.

The Dixons, who moved to North Powder seven years ago from Huntington, were selected as Grand Marshals because of their commitment to community service.

“These are just the people you want to go to if you want something done,” said Dotty Miles, who served as grand marshal of the 2021 Huckleberry Festival with her husband, Myron.

Miles credits the Dixons with keeping North Powder’s food bank and Fresh Food Alliance programs afloat. Miles noted that Linda and Floyd Dixon visit La Grande weekly at the Northeast Oregon Regional Food Bank to get items to stock pantries in North Powder and Haines.

“Sometimes they make two trips to La Grande,” Miles said.

The Dixons stock food bank in North Powder is located at the United Methodist Church. Miles credits the Dixons with making the church an easy place for people to get what they need.

The Dixons are members of North Powder United Methodist Church, which Miles says is one of the oldest operating Methodist churches in Oregon. Miles said the support the Dixons provide to the church is critical to keeping the church functioning.

Linda and Floyd Dixon are also members of North Powder’s Wolf Creek Grange, which is involved in many community service projects, including a Christmas program through which children from low-income families receive coupons they can use to get gifts for their families. Gifts are available at the barn room each December.

Linda Dixon is also closely involved in a pillowcase project involving a sewing group to which she belongs. The group takes pillowcases sent to them and sews them into dresses for needy girls in Africa. The group has made more than 200 dresses from at least 600 donated pillowcases since September 2021. Linda Dixon said her husband shuns the spotlight but plays a key role in the community service projects they are involved in .

“He works behind the scenes and keeps the wheels turning,” she said.

Before coming to North Powder, the Dixons lived in Huntington where Linda Dixon worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation until 2015. The Dixons, who have been married for 53 years, moved to North Powder in 2015 to be closer to their family, which includes their three sons who live there, Lance, Eric and Kyle.

Linda said she has found the people of North Powder to be exceptionally responsive to those who need help.

“If you tell someone you need help, suddenly you have all the help you need,” she said.

Dick Mason is a reporter for The Observer. Contact him at {span data-sheets-value=”{” data-sheets-userformat=”{“}541-624-6016{/span} or at [email protected]