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Remembering the Founder of Medix Ambulance

Owen David Dickson, Port Townsend, Washington
August 31, 1944 — August 24, 2016

Owen David Dickson was born August 1944 to Newell and Beth Dickson of Puyallup, Washington. He then, almost immediately, entered the workforce as a potato farmer, shepherd, submariner, heavy equipment operator, blasting technician, door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salesman, children’s radio program host, pallet-maker, chicken farmer, truck driver, auto mechanic, janitor, bank courier, police sergeant, cab driver, paramedic, emergency medical services instructor at Clatsop Community College, and in retirement, finally a school bus driver.

David’s professional achievements were many and included his work in founding and developing the paramedic profession both locally and nationally; he was the first paramedic ever certified in the state of Oregon! David founded and operated Medix Ambulance Service, based out of Astoria and Seaside, Oregon from 1975 until his retirement in 2005. After his so-called “retirement,” David co-operated a construction company with his sons in Clatsop County before moving to his vacation home in Port Townsend, Washington.

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David managed to integrate his professional and family life together while operating Medix and working as a paramedic full time. David was also an accomplished pilot who owned many airplanes over the years and spent many happy hours in the air. He made a career of helping others excel and provided a springboard for countless EMS careers.

David was a member of the American Ambulance Association for many years and served on several committees and also ran for board seats with the AAA. David was a gracious gentleman of dignity, kindness, humor and humility from beginning to end. He was a member of Rotary, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Church of Latter-day Saints.

David is survived by Jill, his loving wife of 38 years, and his six children: Dorothy Guinn, David, John, Steve, Josh and Shane Dickson; in addition to his 10 grandchildren and one great-grand daughter.

David leaves behind an EMS legacy that touched so many lives throughout the years.


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