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Max Grant Gibson


1934 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Max Grant Gibson Obituary
Max Grant Gibson, 81, of Blackfoot, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, at his cabin in Island Park.
Max was born on June 13, 1934 in Soda Springs, Idaho to Grant Harvey Gibson and Viola Mina Holsten. He spent his youth in the Grace, Idaho area on the family farm and graduated from the Grace High School.
In October of 1954 Max married Edna Darlene Gerber. Max and Edna later divorced. Max moved to Smithfield, Utah in 1960 for about five years where he worked as a groundskeeper at Utah State University.   Max eventually moved back to Grace for a short while where he ran the Soda Springs Airport before making Blackfoot his permanent home in 1968.
In May of 1972 Max married Yolanda Goodwin. Yolanda brought two daughters, Candi and Judy, to their marriage. They raised their family together in Blackfoot as Max worked for the Blackfoot Flying Service. Max and Yolanda formed Western Aviation Inc. in 1973 which he ran until his retirement in 2009.  After Yolanda's death in December of 1999 Max became good friends with Vickie DeGiulio Jensen and she has been by his side ever since.
Anyone and everyone who knew Max had a sure understanding that flying airplanes and any form of aviation were his life.  During his lifetime Max served in various leadership positions in the Idaho, Pacific Northwest and National Agricultural Aviation Associations.  Max had received the highest aviation award numerous times.  For many years he was the regional FFA pilot and mechanic examiner.
Max was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Beyond flying Max also enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and visiting and spending time in the woods at his cabin in Island Park. Max was also a tinkerer. He had an array of projects he was always working on and building. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America in his early years. Max had served as a scoutmaster for many years and had also received his Eagle Scout award.
Max is survived by his good life partner, Vickie DeGiulio Jensen of Blackfoot; his sons, Kerry (Teresa) Gibson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Douglas (Denise) Gibson of Shelley; Curtis Gibson of Blackfoot and Brian (Denise) Gibson of Driggs; his daughters Candi Sue (Dean) Young of Blackfoot; Judy Lynn (Juan) Luis of Blackfoot; and an adopted daughter, Michelle Gibson; his brothers, Herbert Charles (Tanya) Gibson of Pocatello; and LaMont Harvey (Barbara) of Grace; his sister, Bonnie Jean Olson, of Pocatello; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Max was preceded in death by his wife, Yolanda Gibson; a son, Randall Max Gibson; a daughter, Cynthia Sue Gibson; and his parents Grant and Viola Gibson.
A funeral service will be held for Max at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot. Friends and family members will gather for a viewing the night prior on Thursday, July 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and again for one hour prior to the services on Friday from 10-10:45 a.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on June 30, 2015
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