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February 10,1934 - January 22,2013
Floyd R. Bankson, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri and passed away January 22, 2013 in his home in Sun City West, Arizona.
He attended high school in Centerville, Iowa where he participated in sports and won varsity letters in football and golf. This started a lifelong love for the game of golf. He attended Centerville Jr. College for one year and then went to work at Dennis Coal Company in Rathburn, Iowa.
After a year or so of working in a strip mine he moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began work as a timekeeper for the Bendix Corporation.
In April of 1956 he joined the Air Force (after receiving his draft notice for the the Army). He spent his part of his years in the service as an Air Traffic Controller stationed in Nauasseur Air Force Base in Morocco. He was 20 miles or so from Casablanca. While stationed there he was able to spend two 30 day vacations touring Europe. In 1958 he was stationed at Mountain Home Ai5r Force Base in Idaho and stayed there until his discharge in April, 1960. This is where he met and married Gerry.
Floyd and Gerry moved to Kansas City, Missouri after his discharge from the service and had 3 children, Mike, Lori and Jeff. He became a computer programmer in 1966 and in 1970 went to the Federal Reserve Bank as a systems Analyst. In 1976 he moved to the Department of Justice as a Communications Specialist. He had oversight of the funding and operation for computer systems for 10 states in the Midwest. These systems tracked criminals and their activities and formed a national data bank for the exchange of information by law enforcement. He graduated Columbia College in 1977 after 13 years of night school.
In 1977, he transferred to the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC as a lead computer specialist. Floyd and Gerry settled in Northern Virginia and in 1982 Floyd was chosen by the Assistant Attorney general to develop a dedicated information system for criminal activity. As a result of this selection he became Director of Criminal Information still with the Department of Justice. He developed many systems including Asset Forfeiture, White Collar Crime, Office automation, Offender Based Statistics and provided information which was included in the Uniform Crime Report, which is produced yearly by the FBI.
He was able to retire at age 55 in 1989 and then spent 18 months as a contract employee to assist in the automation of all units within the Department of Justice.
Floyd and Gerry then moved to Callawassie Island South Carolina so he could play golf everyday. They enjoyed the low country of South Carolina for several years then moved to Wintergreen, Virginia in 1999, again building a home in a golf course community. They moved to Idaho in 2005 to be close to children and grandchildren.
Floyd and Gerry enjoyed taking trips, going camping and picnicking with their family's in their early years together. In their retirement years they were able to incorporate Floyd's love of golf and Gerry's love of nature into wonderful adventuresome trips. Both Floyd and Gerry were very spontaneous and kept everyone guessing where they might end up. Both were able to change plans on a dime and head off in the exact opposite of where the original destination was. They both enjoyed fine dining and entertaining and hosted lovely parties and open houses.
After Floyd's dearest Gerry passed last year he never had the same spark but continued to try to live life and had recently moved to Sun City West, Arizona. He was able to spend almost a month with his dear sister, Bev in Southern, Texas during the Christmas holidays.
He is survived by son Michael (Joan) and his family of Inkom, daughter Laurel Bankson of Pocatello (her family in Charlotte, N.C.) and son Jeffery (Sherri) and family of Charleston, South Carolina. 10 grandchildren: Mandy, Karly, Natalie, Dylan, Ashley, J.R., Brittney, Sarah, Cameron, and Emily; and 5 great-grandchildren: Skyler, Rayse, Caraline, Ezrah and Leighton.
At Floyd's request, no public services are planned. The family will have a short memorial service to be announced later.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at greerwilsonchapel.com.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Feb. 1, 2013