Jonathan Shelby Gibson

Jonathan Shelby Gibson, 32, of San Diego, was lost at sea Sept. 22, 2013, when his Seahawk helicopter was tragically knocked off the flight deck of the USS Lawrence during operations in the Red Sea.

He was born Feb. 15, 1981, in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Beloved husband of Christina, Jon married Chrissy, the love of his life, Aug. 26, 2006. Loving father to Makaylin Paige, 6, and Alexander Scott, 4, his children were the light of his life. Jon enjoyed mountain biking, surfing, flying and snowboarding, but his favorite activity was playing with his children. Jon was the cherished son of father and stepmother, Scott and Kelly Gibson of Aurora, Ore., and his mother and stepfather, Jo Ann and Mike Lake of Elizabethtown; brother of Sgt. 1st Class James Gibson, U.S. Army Green Beret; and adored grandson of Alton and Dorothy Westover and Grace Seldon; and also is survived by a host of family and friends.

An extremely talented and successful U.S. naval officer, Jon entered the Navy in 1999 at the age of 18. Jon served his country honorably and with pride, receiving four Navy Achievement Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and numerous Sailors of the Month and quarterly awards. Jon had an amazing spirit, a kind heart and a warm smile. His selfless devotion to his country and to the Navy was immeasurable, but was timelessly reflected in each story he shared.

Jon was remembered with full military honors during a private ceremony Oct. 7 at Breakers Beach in Coronado, Calif. Upon the return of the USS Nimitz Battle Group, a public ceremony will be held aboard USS Midway in San Diego.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Jon Gibson Memorial Fund to benefit the Gibson family.

Donations may be made at any Navy Federal Credit Union Radcliff branch or any other branch.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Oct. 15, 2013