Mike and Dixie both grew up near Twin Falls, Idaho. Mike grew up on a farming project near Hazelton (east of Twin Falls), and Dixie grew up on a farm west of Twin Falls. She graduated from Twin Falls High School and attended BYU Provo and BYU Hawaii. Mike graduated from Valley High School and attended Ricks College and CSI. They didn’t meet until they were set up on a blind date by Mike’s sister.
Dixie rode in high school rodeo. She still enjoys riding horses, and hiking, biking and going for walks. She has enjoyed traveling many places around the world. Mikes interests? Work, eating, sleeping – not necessarily in that order; but he also loves going to the sand dunes, especially St. Anthony ID and ripping up the dunes. He loves anything with engines and wheels.
The first 5 years that Mike and Dixie were married, they lived on a farming project called Bell Rapids, near Hagerman, ID. They had the first two of their four children while in Hagerman—Anica and Michelle. They moved to Fruit Heights in 1984 when Mike and a friend decided to start up some restaurants called Idaho Spuds.
These restaurants were in the Ogden City Mall and the Layton Mall and eventually expanded to Canada, Washington and Oregon. After the restaurant business, he went back to trucking and started a company called MAG Transport--which they sold in 2000.
They lived in Fruit Heights for about three years when they first came to Utah, but moved to Mountain Green in 1987. They felt drawn to the area—as so many people do. Several years later, they found out that Mike’s great-grandmother and all her brothers and sisters were born in Mountain Green: the Leonidas Clark family.
Mike and Dixie added two more children to their family after they settled in Mountain Green: Nick, born in 1989, and Matthew, born in 1990.
Mike started Rocky Mountain Truck Parts in 1999. It is now located in Farr West (just south of Smith and Edwards). Dixie has helped with the bookkeeping for both businesses. In 2002, she got into the financial planning business. She is still a financial advisor - helping people to manage their money and plan for retirement - which she says she finds much more interesting and satisfying than bookkeeping, although she does both.
All their children are grown. Anica and Aaron DeHart live in Ogden and they have two little girls, Emily(7) and Isabel(2 ½). Aaron returned from serving in Afghanistan in September. Michelle and Ben Hokanson had their first baby in April of this year—Isaac—born on Dixie’s birthday. They live in Clearfield.
Nick and his wife, Lundi (Walker), from Enterprise, now live in Vacaville, CA. They have a little boy, Jude(1 ½), and a little girl due on Leap Day in 2012. Matthew, their youngest son, recently returned from an L.D.S. mission in Mozambique, Africa and will be attending USU in January.
Both Mike and Dixie have served the community and their church in various capacities throughout their twenty-four years in Mountain Green. Mike was called as the first Bishop to the Cottonwood Creek Ward in 1994.
Dixie has organized a Ladies Community Luncheon which she started sometime in the latter 1990’s. This luncheon is open to anyone in the community, and Dixie started it so ladies in the community could meet their neighbors–as more and more people were moving into the area. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month at various restaurants along the Wasatch front.
This month, they are meeting the second Wednesday due to the Christmas holidays on Dec. 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Ruby River. They will meet on the main floor by the fireplace. You can call Dixie and let her know if you would like to attend (801-791-8140). This is a good way to meet ladies in the community—and have a little fun!