Gregory Lyle Gilpin
June 28, 1949 - August 26, 2016
Gregory "Greg" Lyle Gilpin, 67, of Williams, Ore. passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 in Florence, Italy.
Greg was born June 28, 1949 in Grants Pass, Ore. to Eugene Clifton and Eleanor Asboe Gilpin. He graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1967 and in 1971 graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He worked for 31 years with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) as a Certified Wildland Fire Investigator and a Certified Level 1 Incident Commander in charge of ODF and Interagency Incident Management Teams. For 15 years he was Forester in charge of the Grants Pass office of ODF. His career assignments were in Grants Pass, Salem, Tillamook, and Veneta. He started his career on the Quail Creek fire in 1970.
Greg was a past member of International Association of Arson Investigators, past member and president of Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association and past member of Josephine County 911 Board of Directors.
His hobbies included traveling the world to new countries; hunting, fishing, animals, reading, and RVing. He especially loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, and his wife and best friend, Linda; and his many friends.
Greg is survived by his wife of 33 years, Linda Gilpin of Williams; daughter, Erin Gilpin of Ashland; brother, Eugene Gilpin of Salem; stepchildren, Brenda Harju of Grants Pass and Robert Beatton of Williams; grandchildren, Madison Gilpin of Portland, James Oaks of Portland, Wild Oaks of Ashland, Amanda Snyder of Klamath Falls, Lilly Hassett of Portland and Rylie Beatton of Kent, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, N.Y. 10163 (or by phone 1-800-344-4867).
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors.
Please visit the obituary and sign Greg’s tribute wall at: www.since1928hull.com.