my #1 brother
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April 11, 1958-April 17, 2016 (58 years old)
Griz was caring for his ill mother, Maryellen Gibson, when he became so ill himself as to seek emergency medical treatment in Post Falls, Idaho. He was diagnosed with cancer throughout his body and brain. Only 33 days passed from this ER visit to his passing.
Griz was a geek all of his life. His last years were devoted to the Gentoo Linux community. He also loved helping people find employment. He wrote hundreds of professional resumes for friends, colleges, and x-cons near and far. He solved computer and networking problems for all of his family and friends, as well as desperate professional admins globally. If it was broken, you new Griz could fix it. He was always there for us all.
He cared for his family. When he became ill, he summoned his brothers and requested their advise. He did not want to burden anyone. He chose the most practical solutions in every thing he did, even how he would die. Near his end, to have a little fun while he was busy dying, he took a few pir8te selfies of his eye patch that hospice had provided for him as his vision failed-these were posted on facebook. Never take yourself too seriously.
When his adopted sister, Cheryl-Marie Graham, learned of Griz's death, she formed a fund raising event on gofundme.com. Hackers, family, and friends the world over donated sufficient funds to cover his simple final wishes. For all of you hackers, friends, and family I personally want to thank you for being so kind, so very caring, and loving. For the hackers that cracked his box for me, thank you-you genuinely are a god-send! A part of Griz will live on and we will ALWAYS REMEMBER THE MAN.
Griz remembered all of you. He took responsibly for his trespasses and never forgot those parts of his life he would have done differently yet could not undo-I believe he never forgave himself. He also didn't relish personal righteousness nor overt accolades because a pat on the back was pretty much all he would tolerate. What he liked doing was doing the very best he could possibly do. Griz only did the very best he could do-Griz's way. He absolutely loved you all.
Dr. Kevin Mulvey, Griz's doctor, was as aggressive as Griz was in helping him through his final weeks. Kevin summoned the assistance of Hospice to help my brother through this dying process. Hospice was there in hours. They helped him through the worst times. Griz gave most of his assets to these wonderful people. If anyone wishes to donate to my brother's memory, please consider a donation to your hospice caregivers.
Griz was a Navy cryptologic veteran ~1978-1982. The VA donated a personal flag in his honor. I will honor this flag, Griz's flag, forever.
Bernard was with Griz to the end. We got your back bro
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 8, 2016