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Boyd Allen Gibson

Boyd Allen Gibson

Boyd Allen Gibson, a long-time Medford resident, passed away at his home, Saturday. October 7, 2006. He was born in Portland, Ore. on April 1, 1923, to George S. and Jennie Gibson.

He attended school in Portland until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1940. While in the Navy, he served as a Machinists' Mate First Class aboard the Battleship USS Tennessee, which on December 7, 1941, was docked in front of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he served proudly until his honorable discharge in 1944.

Boyd moved to Medford in 1947, where he met and married Temple Rose. Boyd and Temple had four sons, Mike, Mitch, Kelly and Kent. He worked fulltime at Jorgensen's Dairy while attending classes full-time at Southern Oregon College. He graduated in 1953 with a degree in education.

Boyd went on to work for the Medford School District 549-C in 1953, and retired in 1985. He served as Principal at Ruch Elementary, Griffin Creek Elementary and Howard Elementary. Later, he moved into the Central Office and served as Director of Elementary Education and Transportation Director. He continued to serve as a consultant to the school district during retirement.

His interest in the community started with his career at the Medford School District and continued with his service on the Medford Planning Commission for several years during his retirement.

Boyd's interests included family, friends, fishing and the community that he served. He enjoyed all the activities in which his family was involved, including his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He kept up with what they were doing and shared experiences with all of them.

Survivors include Temple, his wife of 58 years; three sons and their wives, Mitch and Paula Gibson, Kelly and Karen Gibson, and Kent and Teresa Gibson; a brother, Jack Gibson of Seaside, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews and close family friends. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Mike.

A remembrance for Boyd will be held at Howard Elementary School gym, 286 Mace Road, Medford, on Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Asante and Sparrow Club.

Boyd Allen Gibson