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Donald Lee Gibson (1937 - 2012)

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Donald Lee Gibson September 8, 1937 - December 26, 2012 Don was our family member, mentor, friend, and fellow intrepid traveler. Born in Sacramento, California and raised in Bakersfield he is survived by his sister Viola Holloway, his biological children Dennis Skinner and his wife Lisa and family, Donna Brown and family and Bruce Gibson. He is also survived by his stepson Curt McConniel and his wife Sandie and family, stepdaughter Debbie Blouin and her husband David and family. When growing up Don enjoyed hiking in the Sierra Nevada range, diving off the coast of Southern California beaches and running Autocross. While in High School he owned and ran a profitable legal messenger service that delivered legal documents between lawyers and the courts. He graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1955. That same year he joined Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron) in the Bakersfield Geological Laboratory. One of his most loved assignments was overseeing the design and operation of a new geology laboratory in Richmond, California. In 1973 he left to pursue personal business interests. He returned to Standard Oil in 1977, moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to manage the Geologic Laboratory in Richmond, CA. He oversaw the design and construction of a larger laboratory in San Ramon in the 1980's. He retired from Chevron in 1999. Don spent 36 years in the Military Reserves, serving in the Navy, Army National Guard and Air National Guard groups. He was most proud of his rank of Chief Petty Officer for the Navy and his work in the Seabees program. Don loved to travel and cook. Each trip became his favorite only to be changed when he ventured out again. His cooking interests ranged from Cajun to Indian, Mediterranean to Thai and any other cuisine that he sampled and liked. We wish to thank all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at Kaiser Walnut Creek for their diligent work, care and humanity. Don's ashes were scattered along the Marin County coastline near the Golden Gate Bridge. A memorial wake will be held on May 19 for family and invited guests.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from May 11 to May 13, 2012
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