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Obituary for Dan Roy Gibson

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Dan Roy Gibson

October 28, 1946 - October 19, 2011

Dan R. Gibson1946-2011″There’s a hole in the world now, in the place where he was, there’s now just nothing. . . He is gone. Only a hole remains, a void, a gap, never to be filled” Nicholas Wolterstorff.Dan passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born in Ogden to Dean J. Gibson and Kathryn Cook and attended schools in California, Roy, and Ogden. He graduated from Bonneville High and attended Weber State and University of Utah. Dan served a mission in the Republic of South Vietnam, with the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for the US Postal Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, owned and operated a landscaping business, sold real estate and was active in politics as a Weber County delegate for the Democratic Party. Dan was an amazing man, always showing determination, fortitude and courage despite the loss of his legs and many other health complications. In a recent newscast a prominent woman was talking about her recently deceased husband and stated “Well, how do you live without your legs?” We felt sorry for this family. Sorry that they had not known Dan, for he would have told then: “You forget about your limitations and you get in that wheel chair and you take your family camping in the wilderness of Idaho and the Uintas. You build a tree house. You take them snowmobiling in Yellowstone. When your son calls you at midnight because his VW has “quit” you amaze him and drive it home with one gear. You buy a Kobota tractor and move dirt, you mow your field, plow your driveway and the neighbors as well. You buy that toy hauler trailer and go camping every other week.” He would have told them life doesn’t end because you’ve lost your legs, and that there is still a lot of life yet to be lived and enjoyed. Yes, what a shame that family didn’t have the pleasure of meeting this incredible man. Those who were lucky enough to have met Dan will forever think of him when the subject of cowboy commitment comes up. He was a hero to all. Dan leaves a legacy of compassion, generosity, hard work, honesty and integrity. He believed keeping ones word defined a man’s character.Dan is survived by his wife Kaye (Racker), his sons Seth; Matt (Tera) granddaughter Aspyn; Charles (Kim) granddaughters Lauren and Makena and grandson Logan; brother Jim (Chloe-Ann); half-brothers Kris, Bart, and Kim; half-sisters Deana, Kathy and Lynette. He was preceded in death by his father Dean (LouJean), mother Kathryn and his beloved mother-in-law Neola Racker. The family would like to thank Bonnie and Rachel and the rest of the staff at Applegate Hospice for their compassionate care of Dan. Also, big thanks to Bobby, Akamu, Zac, Jamie from Weber State’s Football Team for all their help getting Dan to and from his Saturday dialysis treatments and Niv, thank you for always being there for Dan. You were a true and constant friend. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. Friends may call the mortuary from 2:00-3:00 p.m., prior to the celebration. Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary. Eternal rest grant him O’ Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Semper FiOnline condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time: 3:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Born: October 28, 1946
Died: October 19, 2011

Condolences for Dan Roy Gibson

Jack Bothwell posted on 10/24/11

I am so sorry for the loss of a truly great friend and all a round good guy. He will be missed by everyone whom he came in contact with. Such a loss you have our heart felt sympathy. Jack And Maye Bothwell


Megan posted on 10/23/11

Uncle Dan, You will always be in my heart, and I will not EVER forget you. I remember your mid-night snack. I would have to say, nothing can ever beat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You were right, Log house is the best syrup in the WORLD on pancakes! :) And you know, that Dad still eats peanut butter sandwiches, even though he doesn't have jelly. He reminds me of you everyday. I love you so much. With love, Megan


Larry Lemieux posted on 10/23/11

As a neighbor to Dan for thirteen years while we lived in Unitah, I will always remember him for his warm spirit and smile who always had something to say of interest.When passing by Dan would always stop by in his pickup truck to chat. It was quite a while after meeting Dan that I ever knew he had no legs. Never, ever, once did I hear him complain about the loss of his legs. Some injuries define a person but that injury did not define Dan. He was a true hero and a Marine, always a Marine. His fierce independence and extraordinary determination were coupled with caring, thougtfulness and integrity, we will miss you Dan.


Larry and Jeanne Lemieux posted on 10/23/11

Dear Kaye, Matt and Seth,We are so, so sorry to hear about the loss of Dan. He was a real trooper! His endurance and love of life is an inspiration to anyone who knew him. Your ability to help him through some rough times is also an inspiration. A light may have gone out in Uintah but the heavens are now a little brighter!Our prayers will be with ALL of you, as well as Dan!Love, Larry and Jeanne


Deana Allen posted on 10/22/11

Thank you Kaye for taking care of my brother. I hope you are doing okay. Let me know if you need anything.Thank you Jim for all you have done for Dan. He was a great brother and friend. Please lets not let another sibling pass on without saying "Goodbye"