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Sun Times Feature Story


Chris Hixon Was Truly A Shining Star!


Former South Broward High Athletic Director, Coach Is Remembered After Douglas High Shooting

As a coach and as an athletic director, he was tough and disciplined. As a father, husband, co-worker and friend, Chris Hixon was pure gold.

Hixon was one of those people you met once and felt he was already your friend. He loved his family, his job and those he worked with every day.

Last Wednesday, while everyone should have been enjoying their Valentine’s Day, Hixon, 49, was one of the 17 gunned down at Parkland’s Douglas High School. His loss is indeed very tough to take, and those close to him are simply devastated.

Survived by his wife Debra, sons Thomas (Ines) and Corey; adopted daughters Jessica (Wayne) and Jennifer; brother Richard; sister Natalie; parents Russell and Toni, this past week has been simply impossible.

“It’s going to take a long time to recover from this one,” longtime friend and co-worker Allen Held said. “He wasn’t just someone we worked with, he and his family were our family. We all did things together and shared a great life together.”

A native of Pennsylvania, Hixon joined the Navy in 1986 and transitioned into the Naval Reserves in 1992 where he retired in Oct. 2013. His awards and decorations include 3 Navy Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Reserve Medal. He served in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

As an athletic director and wrestling coach, Hixon’s passion was always about the kids. Whether at Pompano Beach Blanche Ely High School, South Broward High School and most recently at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, he made an impact on everyone.

“The first person I saw in the morning was my boss, Chris, Douglas head football coach Willis May said. “Not seeing him is going to take a long time getting used to.”

Hixon who always preached getting good grades and making sure the athletes at the school were at least in line to get a scholarship. He would have been proud of seven of his student/athletes last Saturday as all the qualified football players attended the Orange Bowl Showcase - with very heavy hearts.

Hixon was honored as the 2017 BCAA Athletic Director of the Year.

Please Help His Family By Donating To His Go-Fund Me Page. https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-hixons