W. Dean Gibson, 85, former Preston resident, passed away Oct. 5, 2013, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was born April 29, 1928, in Sugar City, Idaho, to Willard C. and Rayola Heilsen Gibson. He was the oldest of three children and spent his early years in Eden and Franklin, Idaho. Dean graduated from Franklin High School and joined the United States Army at age 18. He was stationed at Fort Lewis and Japan. Upon Dean's return to the USA, he attended Utah State in Logan, Utah.
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Dean married Jeanne M. Burnham on Feb. 17, 1950. They resided in Preston for one year and was then hired by the telephone company and moved to Shelley to be a lineman. Throughout his career with the telephone company, he lived in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Arco, Weiser, Boise, Burley, Twin Falls, and ended his career in Pocatello. Dean retired on Oct. 30, 1982, at age 54.
During this time Dean and Jeanne were blessed with three beautiful daughters; Jan, Jil, and Julie. After his retirement, they moved to the ranch in Franklin. For nine years before building their home on the golf course in Preston. In 2004 they moved to Twin Falls, where he resided until his death.
Dean is survived by two younger sisters; Darlene Mecham of Florida, and Carolyn (Ken) Shepherd of Kirkland, Wash. His loving wife Jeanne and their three daughters; Jan and Larry of Twin Falls, Jil and Tom of Boise and Julie of Pocatello. Eleven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Bill and Rayola Gibson, mother-in-law Mabel Hutchinson, and sister-in-law Joanne Butterworth.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Franklin Idaho Stake Center. Friends may call from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th East, Preston and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the stake center. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal on Oct. 10, 2013