Dwight Edgar Axtell

Dwight Edgar Axtell“The Mountain Man of God,” Dwight Edgar “Deacon” Axtell, went to be with his Lord Sept. 28, 2020, at the age of 85. He had been hospitalized at the Wilshire VA for some time due to complications of diabetes.

He was born Feb.3, 1935 in Oxnard, growing up with his sister, Lois, on his parents Orange Farm in Fillmore, and graduated from Fillmore Union High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Cal State Polytechnic Universtiy, San Luis Obispo, in 1957 and a Master of Arts in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves from 1958 until 1964 ,mostly as a Chaplains Assistant. He also studied at the Tacoma Bible Institute while working summers at the Hume Lake Christian Camp near Fresno Calif. He taught Principles of Agriculture as a high school teacher at Antelope Valley School District until his retirement.

Known as “The Deacon,” he spent much of his life up in the Kennedy Meadows area pursuing some of his favorite passions: cutting, splitting and providing firewood to his neighbors, preaching and spreading the Lord’s Word to a small congregation and hikers making their trek up the Pacific Crest Trail at the Amphitheater by the Kennedy Meadows Store. He was also the longest running caretaker of the Chimney Peak Ranch, serving nearly thirty years there.

“A kinder soul you will not find anywhere, a true gentleman,” it was said of him. The mountain will be at a loss without him. Dwight was preceded in death by his son Dwight Andrew Axtell. He is survived by his daughter Dana Avant of Spring Valley, and sister Lois Pitman of Beaverton, Ore. May God bless “This Gentle Man of the Mountain.” Memorial Service will be held at Crossroads Community Church in Ridgecrest on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m.

— Submitted by the family of Dwight Axtell

Story First Published: 2020-11-06