Jonathon Rob Gibson
Class of 1963


©Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on 3/2/2008

Jonathon Rob Gibson

Jonathon Rob Gibson December 15, 1944-February 25, 2008

Jon GibsonPassed away February 25 following complications from acute leukemia. Jon is survived by his treasured wife of 30 years, Karen Ray. He was very proud of his three sons: Rob and wife Laura, Martin and Joshua. He was a loving son to Bobbie Gibson and the late Rodney Gibson, Sr. Adored brother to Janey Gibson Jordan and Rodney Gibson, Jr. Special grandpa to Drew, Halle and Boden. He leaves behind many relatives and friends, particularly Gary Bard and David Dryden.

Jon was born in Miami, FL, but spent most of his life in the Bay Area. He attended Glenview Elementary, McChesney Junior High and Oakland High. He graduated from St. Joseph's High in Alameda. He became an Eagle Scout at 16.

From 1963-67, he served in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in radar and electronics. In 1968, he entered the electrical apprenticeship and was an electrician with IBEW Local 595 for more than 35 years. His superior trouble-shooting ability, perfectionism and high standards earned him the respect of his fellow electricians. He supervised the electrical installations on the first cranes on the Oakland Estuary, earned a National Energy Management Award in 1995 while employed at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, worked at Kaiser Hospital, Oakland and Gregerson Electric.

Jon GibsonJon retired in 2005. He taught electricians, both apprentices and journeymen at Chabot College for 20 years. He mentored, volunteered and helped many individuals and groups. Throughout his life, Jon was an avid trout fisherman and outdoorsman. He was a member of the Grizzly Peak Fly Fishers. Jon has "Gone Fishing!"

There will be a memorial celebration April 26, 2:00 on Wilton Drive in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trout Unlimited, www.tu.org. or the Leukemia Lymphoma Society www.lls.org.