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Glenn E. Gibson


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Glenn E. Gibson Obituary
Glenn E. "Hoot" Gibson passed away Nov. 24, 2017, in Fairbanks, from complications after a stroke.
Glenn was born on the Dec. 4, 1927, in Colorado to Charles and Mary Gibson, the sixth of seven children. He grew up there on a ranch, earning the nickname "Hoot" at age 4 for a smile like that of cowboy movie star Hoot Gibson. He attended high school in Fowler, Colorado, and after an early graduation, joined the Navy in the spring of 1946. He served proudly for two years in Saipan and Guam. After his stint in the Navy, he came to Fairbanks with his parents to visit his sister and remained an Alaska resident for the rest of his life.
During his first years in Alaska, he worked a wide variety of jobs, from working gold dredges for F.E. Company to helping drill some of the first gas wells in Utqiagvik, formerly Barrow. He eventually settled on a career with the Civil Service in Fairbanks as a heavy machinery mechanic on Eielson Air Force Base and then Fort Wainwright. 
Glenn was an active member of the Fairbanks First United Methodist Church, where he met and married his wife, Joyce, in 1958. They were happily married for over 59 years, raising four children and enjoying the hunting, fishing and gardening lifestyle of Alaska. Glenn's love of music found an outlet in the church choir, where he sang for many years. He loved working with the younger groups at church and was happy to support his childrens' activities; coaching Little League and Little Dribblers, and during the kids' high school years, he took on the task of chaperoning band tour.
Glenn could always be counted on to help with practical assistance or a shoulder to lean on. Many cold winter nights, he would head out the door after an emergency call to get a car or furnace operating. He was incapable of passing a stopped car on the side of the road without checking to see if they needed help. He worked as a volunteer firefighter and volunteered at other organizations around Fairbanks, such as Love, INC.
During his career as a civil servant, Glenn was a member of the AFL/CIO and worked tirelessly as a union steward, vice president and president. His enjoyment of a good debate made him well suited to represent members in the grievance process and contract negotiations.
He loved taking photos and making videos, especially of his grandchildren. Once the minivideo camera became available, he was seldom without one in his hand at events. To the family audience's dismay, he did not take to video editing with the same enthusiasm.
Glenn is survived by his wife Joyce; his children, Susan, Jennifer, Kathleen and Kenneth; and his grandchildren, Nina, Horacio, Kaley, Bree, Addison and Atticus. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Gibson; and his siblings, Zelma Trafton, Charles Melvin Gibson, Marie Gibson, Miles Gibson, Fratie Jackson and Bette Curtis.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at First United Methodist Church, 915 Second Ave. in Fairbanks. The family would like to thank the Fairbanks Resource Agency Senior Day Care for making Glenn's last year a good one. Thanks also go to the staff at Caring Bridges Assisted Living Home for their care over the last months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Love, INC at www.loveincfairbanks.org/donate-now.
Arrangements were entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 482-3232. Online condolences may be made at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 28, 2017
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