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Wilburn James Gould


1935 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Wilburn James Gould Obituary
WILBURN JAMES GOULD A funeral service for Wilburn Gould, 79 of Chico will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Noon at the LDS Chapel at 1450 E. Lassen Ave in Chico. A viewing will be held from 11:00-11:50 a.m at the church. Wilburn passed away on December 27, 2014 in Chico. He was born on July 3, 1935 in Lawton, OK to James and Jewel Gould. He graduated from Hamilton Union High School in 1953. Wilburn earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Geology from Brigham Young University. He entered the National Guard when he was 17 years old. He was noted for being an excellent section leader, Instructor and marksman. Wilburn married his high school sweetheart Alpha Mae Huebert on July 14, 1957 to whom he was married for 56 years, until her death in 2013. He spent the majority of his working years as a self-employed consulting geologist in the oil industry, a job he thoroughly loved and was passionate about. Wilburn was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and has served diligently in many capacities throughout the years. He particularly enjoyed teaching the youth where he could not only teach, but share his love of rocks, geology and Indian artifacts. Wilburn loved geology, rocks, rock hounding and scanning seismograph charts looking for the "next great oil field" yet to be discovered. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. His children are most grateful for the years of service and dedication he showed as he selflessly cared for their mother in her final years. His passing leaves a tremendous void for his children, grandchildren and all who knew and loved him. Wilburn is survived by a brother Franklin Gould of Vacaville, CA, a sister Julia Ann Lienhart of Yerrington, Nevada. Daughters Deana Walker of Payson, Utah and Helen Hurd of West Jordan, Utah and a son Joseph Gould of Yuba City, CA. Wilburn will be laid to rest at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.brusiefh.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 30, 2014
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