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David Grant Hixson
June 25, 1939 ~ May 22, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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David Grant Hixson was born in Alma, MI to Marion and Janet Hixson on June 25, 1939. David was preceded in death by both parents and by his brother, Dennis and sister Judith. He is survived by four nieces and two nephews.
David’s father was a Methodist minister who served churches in Illinois, Montana and Colorado. The family ended up in Denver and David graduated Denver North High School in 1957. He remained close with some of his high school classmates throughout his life.
After High School, David attended Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. He earned a degree in History and was active as a singer. He performed a senior recital in 1961, and sang in a quartet that toured KS. David was a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1964 to 1967.
David began his career in tv and radio in Torrington, WY. He was working at a tv station in Colorado Springs when his father died suddenly while serving a church in Berthoud, CO.
David went on to work at radio stations across the Midwest, his career in radio broadcasting spanning 42 years. He was easily recognizable by his low baritone voice. He worked at KEZW and KLZ in the Denver area. Among his radio nicknames were “Hotrod Hixson” and “Big Dave, the Record Slave”. A life-long singer and Methodist, David joined Littleton UMC’s Chancel Choir in 1992. He anchored the bass section for over 25 years and he picked up another nickname – “The Doctor”. (named after a DJ on the 1980s tv show WKRP in Cincinnati) He also sang in the Littleton Chorale for several years.
In retirement, David lent his voice as an announcer to a number of concerts, dances and programs in the church and community. He was the go-to announcer for the Joe Peterson Orchestra, was the resonant voice of the whale in a recent children’s productions of Oh, Jonah!, and who can forget his “Ghost of Samuel” in King David.
It was in the LUMC Chancel Choir that he met his life-companion and friend, Bobbye Marrufo. The two enjoyed life together for over 30 years.
David enjoyed good health until a fall in December of 2021. He spent several weeks in the hospital and in rehab, only to fall again last year. He spent the last 9 months of his life in Cherrelyn Healthcare Center, where he was visited by friends from church and high school and by his constant angel Bobbye, who saw to his care and attended to him almost daily for 9 months.
On May 22, David Hixson died peacefully in his sleep.
A Memorial Service will be held at Littleton United Methodist Church on June 8 at 2 pm. A service and internment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery on June 6 at 9:30 in the morning.