George Allen Nixon, 80, of Commerce, Texas, passed away peacefully in his home on May 26, 2017.
George was born Nov. 7, 1936, in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada, to Dorothy Tyson-Nixon and George Nixon Jr. The eldest of three children he attended grade school and high school in Rossland, graduating in 1955. Furthering his education he attended Notre Dame University in Nelson, B.C., for two years before completing his B.S. in chemistry at Washington State University, 1961. Moving to Texas he obtained his M.S. in Chemistry from East Texas State University, 1964 and concluding his studies at Louisiana State University for doctoral work.
Mr. Nixon began teaching at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1961 as an instructor, moving up to assistant professor in 1974 where he held the position until his retirement in 2015. Professor Nixon taught for more than 50 years at Texas A&M-Commerce, touching the minds of numerous students and professionals along the way. His favorite course to teach was the capstone "The Essence of Winemaking" team taught with French professor and good friend Avery McClurg. He also enjoyed swimming and was the water safety instructor technician for Hunt, Rains and Delta counties and taught numerous kids to swim and life guards how to save lives.
He enjoyed numerous hobbies including: woodworking, gardening, wine and beer making, curling, ice-hockey, soccer, skiing, camping, swimming, travel and cooking. He was very fascinated with bois 'd arc wood and took great pride in crafting wooden spoons and cutting boards from the unique gold wood.
Professor Nixon was a very sociable man with a great smile who never met a stranger and always had a wealth of information and topics to converse about. He loved his hometown of Rossland and would annually make the trip home to see his close friends and relatives. He always put his family first and spent countless hours with his children, his greatest creations!
He was predeceased by his parents, George (1904-1988), Dorothy (1910-1998), and his daughter, Tully Snow Nixon (1974-1992).
He is survived by his brother, Kent (Lynn) Nixon (Edmonds, Wash.) and sister Carol Nixon-Bilfeld (Trail, B.C.); children Tyson Nixon (Houston, Texas), Noel Nixon (Spring, Texas), Zak Nixon (Rossland, B.C.), Jon (Melanee) Nixon (Broken Bow, Neb.), Nik Nixon (Commerce), Hunter Nixon (Houston) Cheyenne Nixon (Celeste, Texas) and Max Nixon (Celeste); and grandchildren Payton, Kaleb, Lillian, and Katelyn. In addition, there are numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Published on May 30, 2017