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Hi F. Gibson

February 5, 1937 — October 9, 2022

 

Hi Floyd Gibson passed away peacefully with his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter by his side on Sunday, October 9, 2022 in Pleasant Grove, Utah at the age of 85.

 

Hi, was born February 5, 1937 in Wilmington, California. Hi was an only child born to Hi Earl and Ruby Virginia Fuller Gibson. Hi was raised in California and at age 5, he contracted Spinal Meningitis. The result caused him to lose complete hearing in his left ear and partial hearing in his right. His loss of hearing was a hardship, but that did not stop him from living an active life. In fact, he loved to dance and even entered dance competitions in his younger years. Hi, studied to be an engineer, but a life with a suit and tie wasn’t for him. He became a Journey-Man electrician and supported his family that way.

 

Hi met Marie (Mieke) Jongkees Barndt at a dance in Los Angeles, California.  He said he was “smitten” with her blue eyes, and they were married on June 15, 1968. Mieke had two children from a prior marriage, a son, David (deceased), and a daughter, Dianne Johnson (Rob). Hi and Mieke had five children together: Hi Evan, Theresa Gedris (David), Dereck (Shon), Michael (Laysea) and Jonathan (Tabitha). They also sponsored a son for 2 years from the Indian Placement program, Ross Dia who still to this day is part of the family.   Hi and Mieke began their life together in Fontana, California. They moved to Utah in 1973 and as he often loved to say: “Ayee boy, that’s all she wrote.”

 

Hi enjoyed nature. Whether it was hunting in Alaska, rock climbing, back packing, scuba diving, or floating in a boat of any kind. In fact, he so loved his canoe that he often referred to it as his “girlfriend.” There were many family trips down the Jordan River, the Weber Bird Refuge, and summers on Big Bear Lake in California. Hi was also a great slalom water skier in his younger days.  He was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America and his love of scouting also helped him experience and share his love of the outdoors.

 

Hi was also a true rockhound and was a member of the Utah Gem Society and the Beehive Rock and Gem Club. He loved finding and polishing rocks. In his younger years, Hi earned a brown belt in Judo and taught classes at the YMCA in California. Hi also enjoyed learning new hobbies. He took classes on jewelry making and stained glass. He loved God, was proud to be an American and flew the flag with pride. He loved to tell jokes and was the king of “Dad” jokes. He loved talking about his family and his grandchildren. He loved to garden and had a true green thumb when it came to roses and tomatoes.  Hi, lived life large and loud.

 

Due to a stroke in June of 2020, it was determined he was no longer safe to live on his own and was moved into Assisted Living.  His family is forever grateful for his Nurses, especially Marianne and Kristie, and for the loving kindness and care from all who helped him at Welcome Home Assisted Living.

 

His is proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Mieke, his son David Gibson, and granddaughter Rebekah Gibson.  He is survived by his six children, eight grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary. 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.  Friends may visit with family from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary prior to the serves. Dedication of the grave to follow services at Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.

 

Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of Hi's obituary page.

 

 

 

 

 

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