David Fletcher Gibbons

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lifelong Alaska and Soldotna resident David Fletcher Gibbons died Saturday, June 13, 2009, of natural causes on the coast of the Katmai National Park near Kodiak while operating a bear viewing charter vessel. He was 66.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Kenai Christian Church, 104 McKinley St. in Kenai. Rev. Bill White will officiate. Pallbearers will include Larry Foster, Joe Rule, Chuck Gibbons, Dale White, Joseph Gibbons, Albert White, Charles Gibbons and Jeffrey McNutt.

Mr. Gibbons was born Aug. 21, 1942, to Frank and Augusta Mae Gibbons in Sitka, on a fishing scow during a blackout in World War II. At 16 years old, he joined the Merchant Marines and worked on the USS Pathfinder during the summers for two years.

After graduating from high school, he joined the National Guard and served seven years before he was honorably discharged. He has lived in various places around Alaska including Sitka, Seward, Moose Pass, Anchorage and Soldotna. He worked for Ed Estes, Weaver Bros, and Sealand as a line haul truck driver. He and his wife also were house parents at Pine Haven Children's Ranch in Northwest Montana. Recently, he worked at Big G Electric with his sons.

"David loved hunting, fishing, boating and spending time with family. He owned and operated various charter boats with his family out of Seward and Prince William Sound where he was able to combine his passion for the ocean with the love he had for his family," his family said. "He was loved by many, and many were loved by him."

Mr. Gibbons is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Darrell Mackay; and son, David Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Arleene Gibbons of Soldotna; daughters, Frankie White and her husband, Dale, of Soldotna and Jeannie McNutt of Soldotna; son, Chuck Gibbons and his wife, Leora, of Soldotna; grandchildren, Kaitlan White, Kelsey White, Albert White, Stephanie McNutt, Samantha McNutt, Jessica McNutt, Jeffrey McNutt, Barbara Ferguson, Joseph Gibbons, Charles Gibbons and Carajean Gibbons; and greatgrandson, Silas Ferguson.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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