Gerald “Jerry” Gibson Sr., 81, died Wednesday May 30, 2012, leaving this world as he entered it, on a spring day with the robins singing.
He was born May 16, 1931, in Basin, Wyo., the youngest of six children. As a youngster, he boxed in the Golden Gloves. He quit seventh grade and in 1946 had a short stint in the Navy. In 1948 he married and had two children, then divorced.
He eloped with Clara Belle Jones in February 1951. He was on the road much of the time driving a truck, and eventually drove locally so he could be near his family. He also tended bar as a second job.
He went back to school, got a GED, then studied for two years and graduated with a degree in consumer electronics. He joined the Yellowstone Sheriff’s Auxiliary and worked on everything from traffic control and undercover work to criminal investigation. This led to his getting a private investigator license.
After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson spent much of their time camping, fishing and touring in their recreational vehicle. He often took the family to visit ghost towns and other western historical sites.
He had received care from Home Care, Lantis and RiverStone Hospice.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jerry Eugene Gibson, Randy Gibson and Jerry Gibson Jr.; daughters, Victoria Grisham, Peggy Gibson, Terry Gibson and Becky Ham; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a caregiver, Delphine Camarillo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception will follow at the home of Peggy Gibson, 4222 Murphy Ave.