Alan Dale Gibson, 86, died Dec. 12, 2015, in Yuma, Ariz.
He was born, April 4, 1929, in Alanreed, Texas, to the late Roland and Minnie Bell Gibson. At the age of 14 his family moved to California where he graduated in 1946 from Excelsior High School in Norwalk. He met and married Monica June Duffy in 1949 and in 1955 moved his family to Pampa, Texas, and worked as a lineman for Southwestern Public Service. The couple raised six children in Pampa and Hereford, Texas, before moving to Enumclaw in the fall of 1969, where he worked for Puget Power, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed carpentry, restoring and painting vehicles, playing baseball, fishing, camping, golfing, watching football and baseball, and playing his harmonica and guitar.
He is survived by Diana Bird, his life partner of 28 years; brother Joe Gibson of Amarillo, Texas; sons Robin (Jeanenne) Gibson, Roger (Cindy) Gibson and Rodney (Lisa) Gibson; daughters Vicki (Jim) Gibson, Loretta (Pete) Kingsolver and Beth (Ski) Damery; his partner’s daughters Donna (Larry) Villa and Lori (Will) Miller; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by nine of his 10 siblings.
A service of tribute is planned for Feb. 14, 2016, at the Moose Lodge in Yuma, Ariz.