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Wood, Gilbert Henry "Gibby" - Farmington  
Gilbert ""Gibby"" Henry Wood, 68, of Farmington, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington after battling a long illness. Gibby was born June 30, 1948, in Windsor, Vt., and raised in Woodstock, Vt. After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-69 and worked on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Coral Sea during Viet Nam. Following his service, he attended the University of Vermont where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1974. His employment by Rock Resorts in the mid-70s took Gibby to St. Maarten, Jackson Hole and ultimately Tamarron Resort at Durango. He fell in love with the Southwest and, in 1979, met and married his wife Joni. Gibby was involved with numerous businesses during his four decades in the Four Corners. He began his real estate career at Durango Realty, then opened Wood Realty and worked in securities and investments in Durango throughout the 80s and early 90s. He and Joni moved to Farmington in 1994 and, in 1995, Gibby and Charlie Todd founded RE/MAX of Farmington where he worked until 2015. Gibby enjoyed life thoroughly and brought smiles and humor into the lives of everyone he met. His optimism was contagious and his support for business associates, legendary. Throughout his illness he remained upbeat, never once complaining about the traveling, treatments or complications. We are so very blessed to have known him. Gibby was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Irene Wood. He is survived by his wife, Jonna ""Joni"" Wood of Farmington; stepson, Lynn (Sara) Mortimer; grandson, Ian Mortimer of Durango; brothers, Gary (Robin) Wood of Woodstock, Vt. and Greg (Rhonda) Wood of Thetford, Vt.; sisters, Gail McEwan of N. Hartland, Vt. and Gretchen Wood of Woodstock, Vt. and a multitude of sisters-/brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Gibby's life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Lakeshore Reception Center, 6200 Lake Shore Drive in Flora Vista, facilitated by his nephew Jake Chrisman. Friends and business associates are invited to attend and share their favorite stories and remembrances, and/or post their thoughts, memories and photos at serenityandcompany.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Gibby's memory be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Published in Farmington Daily Times from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, 2016
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