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Marvin R. Gibson, Jr. 75, was born on June 30, 1937, in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1955, after which he entered the Air Force in July 1955. Marvin proudly served in the Air Force for the next 25 years with duty stations throughout the world including Illinois, Greenland, Azores, Georgia, Washington, D.C. California, Japan and Florida. Marvin separated from the Air Force in April 1959. He then reenlisted in the Air Force in May 1959, and was assigned to Robbins AFB, GA. He was subsequently assigned to Maxwell AFB, AL where he met and married Sue Ezell in February 1961. In May 1961, Marvin was assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) in Alexandria, VA. He spent his remaining years in the Air Force serving within the AFTAC organization. In 1963 Marvin was transferred to McClellan AFB, CA for training into the Airborne Data Collection System. Over the next years, assignments within AFTAC included Yokota AB, Japan, McClellan AFB, CA and Patrick AFB, FL. Marvin accumulated over 5000 hours of flight time as a Special Equipment Operator. While serving in Japan, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. Marvin later served with distinction as an Instructor in the Airborne Special Equipment Operators School at McClellan. During his assignment at McClellan, Marvin was awarded the Airman's Medal for the rescue of three small children from the Sacramento River. Marvin retired in June 1980, at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, after 25 years of Honorable service to his country. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Marvin worked for Martin Marietta in Orlando, FL as Configuration Data Manager and McDonald Douglas in Titusville, Fl as Configuration Manager for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program. He worked at McDonald Douglas until he retired in November 1993. Marvin subsequently relocated to Robins AFB, GA and took employment with ARINC, LLC as the Configuration Manager for the Joint Stars Program. He once again took early retirement in 2005. Upon retirement from ARINC, Marvin and Sue relocated to Loveland, CO to be closer to their son and family. In addition to the above achievements, Marvin was an active member of the Free and Accepted Mason's including membership in the following bodies: Blue Lodge, Kokusai 15; Longs Peak Lodge 197, Scottish Rite of Free Masonary, S.J., USA; Valley of Denver Orient of Colorado and Asiya Shriners of San Mateo, CA from 1973 until his death. Marvin served in various positions as an officer within the different bodies. Marvin is survived by his loving wife Sue, son Sean, grandchildren Barrett and Dylan Gibson plus other family members and good friends. Marvin is preceded in death by his parents Marvin R. and Mary L. Gibson, infant daughter and son John Jeffrey Gibson. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Resthaven Funeral Home. Interment Resthaven Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital or charity of choice in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S Hwy 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Family and friends may view the online obituary and sign the guestbook at www.resthavencolorado.com.

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Aug. 15, 2012
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