Donald Leroy Brixius - October 03, 2009
Donald Leroy Brixius, 87, of Dallas died Oct. 3, 2009.
He was born March 24, 1922 in Grant, Neb., to Nick and Emma Moeller Brixius.
He graduated from Grant High School in 1939 and one year later enlisted in the Army Air Corp as a cadet. He served for five years, including one year in Morocco, in a quartermaster division.
Don dated Lavina Friesen in high school and on April 3, 1942, they were married in Walla Walla, Wash., while he continued to serve in the military.
He had a cousin who was a watchmaker and he encouraged Don to enter the business. Don was a graduate of the American Academy of Horology in Denver.
The couple moved to Ordway, Colo., where they owned a shop for 13 years. In 1959 they moved to Dallas and purchased Sjolund Jewelry. Brixius Jewelers is the oldest continuously run jewelry store in Oregon at 100 years. The Brixius family will celebrate 50 years in Dallas in November.
Don continued his education by going to diamond grading school and stone setting and jewelry repair seminars.
Don was the president of the Watchmakers Board in 1980. He was member a of Dallas Trinity Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lions in Colorado and Rotary Club in Dallas.
He enjoyed his annual river trip on the Willamette and also getting out for a round of golf. He enjoyed the Oregon Coast and a good game of 21.
Don and Lavina enjoyed traveling to many of the jeweler’s conventions, including trips to Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. They enjoyed traveling leisurely to Spain and the Caribbean and wintering in Tucson, Ariz., and San Diego.
He was preceded in death by a son, Terrell, in 2007 and brothers, Earl and Cecil.
Survivors include his wife, Lavina of Dallas; sons, Lyndal of Wilsonville, Ore. and Robert of Dallas; sister, Helen Hawkins of Syracuse, Neb.; grandchildren, Michael Brixius of Springfield and Steven Brixius and Stephanie Looney, both of Albany; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 8, 2009 at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center with military honors.
Private family interment was in Dallas Cemetery.
Contributions are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Building Fund in care of the mortuary.
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