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Dixon and Talma Peacock

Dixon was raised in Emery and was the second of four boys in the family. His father was a farmer so he learned to work hard. He went to South Emery High in Ferron. In high school he was active in track and his senior year he was Student Body President. After graduation he moved to American Fork and worked in the lime and calcite mine.

After Talma graduated from high school they were married and while still living in American Fork their first son Bert was born. When the opportunity came for them to move back to Emery County they came. Dixon worked on I-70 and then he worked at several of the coal mines here in Emery County.

Dixon was a member of the Emery County Jaycees. It was then that he was one of those responsible for organizing the Emery County Museum now known as the Pioneer Museum. He worked hard in helping raise money and refinishing the upstairs of the old Castle Dale School.

At that time neither the pool nor the city hall were in the old school. They tore out old radiators and took them upstate to sell to help raise funds. They also went door to door asking for donations.

Dixon is serving as Chairman of the Board of the Pioneer Museum and Museum of the San Rafael. He has served there for 35 years. Dixon has never received any money for any of the time that he has spent at the museums.

Dixon has spent many hours on the desert and in the mountains to gather rocks and bushes and trees for the displays. He, his sons, and others built the dark room that houses the beautiful rock display.

Dixon has served on the Southeastern Utah Stock Show Committee and on the Emery County Nursing Home Board. He has served as a councilor of his High Priest Group and has been a home teacher for many years. He has a great record of getting 100 percent of his families visited each month.

Dixon served on the Orangeville City Board of Adjustments for 21 years and was an Orangeville City Councilman for 16 years.

He loves to fish and is very seldom out fished. He has a beautiful garden and enjoys giving some of his produce to family, friends and neighbors. He loves to work with wood. He likes to take old furniture and refinish it. His children all have many things either made or refinished by him. He literally can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Dixon loves people, and especially the people of Orangeville.

Talma was born and raised in Orangeville and has lived here all of her life except for the first two years of marriage when they lived in American Fork. Talma says she was glad to get the alkali back between her toes.

Talma has been PTA Secretary and was a room mother for many years. She has been on the committee for Orangeville Days parades and on the committee for Christmas in the Park. She and Dixon made the little wood nativities one year and another year made pearl stars. Talma is also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Talma has been a primary teacher (she thinks she's taught about every age group). Also Primary President, Young woman teacher, Sunday School teacher, Relief Society President and teacher, councilor and visiting teacher.

Talma has worked as a teachers aide at Cottonwood Elementary, a teller at Zions Bank and is presently working at Jones Ace Hardware. Her hobbies include cooking, crocheting, knitting and writing poetry.

Talma's greatest accomplishment is her family and to be a good wife, mother and grandmother.

Both Talma and Dixon's lives have been one of service to community, church, family and friends. They both are dedicated in all they do and exemplify the motto, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

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