Our beloved Gilbert W. (Gib) Davies passed away October 29, 2012 in Salt Lake City. Born March 23, 1932 to Brigham Dewey and Thelma Hammond Davies. His mother died when he was three years old. His father married Doris Evelyn Olson the following year. She became a wonderful mother to Gib. Born and raised in Lake Point, Utah, it became his lifelong home. He attended schools in Tooele, graduating from Tooele High in 1951.
Gib married his sweetheart, Jean Curtis on June 25, 1951 in the Manti LDS Temple. Part of the first four years of their marriage were spent apart while Gib served in the United States Air Force; stationed in Missouri, New York and France. In 1960 Gib hired with the Bureau of Reclamation. He completed 30 years of dedicated service and retired in 1990 serving as Chief of Land Acquisition for the Upper Colorado Region.
Gilbert was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a devoted love for his Heavenly Father and Savior. That same love was evident in his service to the members of the Lake Point Ward and Grantsville Stake. He was known for the many hugs he freely gave. He also loved the years that he and his wife served as workers in the Jordan River Temple.
Gib loved his children, adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was continually concerned about their wellbeing and happiness. He loved family vacations and going camping in American Fork Canyon, especially with the grandchildren and their friends in tow.
Gilbert is survived by his wife Jean, sons Brent (Barbara) and Bruce (John Durr), son-in-law Stephen Randle, grandchildren Nathan (Allyson) Randle, Sarah (Travis) Burke, Spencer (Stephanie) Randle and Joseph (Carli) Davies. He will be missed by great grandchildren Garrett, Tyler, Ella, Julia, Zachary, Teagan, Charlotte, Austin and Tenley. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Farrell (Gloria), Keith (Patricia), Thelma (Kenneth) Gollaher, Darlene Welcker, Janet (Walter) Parker, Jerry (Linda) and many other extended family members. Preceded in death by his parents, 2nd mom Dori, daughter Rosan, great granddaughter Kate, brothers Burton, Howard and other loved family members.
Our family expresses appreciation to the staff, nurses, aids and LDS Branch at Utah State Veterans Nursing Home and Bristol Hospice for the compassionate care they gave our father. Funeral service will be held Noon, Saturday, Nov. 10th at the Lake Point Ward, 1366 E Canyon Rd., Lake Point. Viewings will be held Friday Nov. 9th, Jenkens-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 W South Jordan Pkwy. (10600 S), South Jordan from 6-8 pm and Saturday 10:30 am prior to the service. Interment at the Lake Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, please contribute to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.
Published in Deseret News from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2012