Juneau resident Gilbert "Chip" Mixson Jr. died unexpectedly Sept. 11, 2010. He was born January 17, 1954, in Charleston, S.C. and moved with his family to Juneau when he was 14 years old.
He graduated in 1972 from Juneau-Douglas High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972 and remained through 1975. He returned to Juneau and started working for the state of Alaska where he was employed for 30-plus years in numerous departments and positions until the time of his death. Chip met the love of his life and soulmate, Lynda, while they were working for the Department of Commerce. They were married June 22, 1985.
Family was important to Chip. He was a devoted husband and father. He was a collector of the Beatles' and a big highlight of his life was being able to attend a Paul McCartney concert in Arizona. His dream was to go to at least one more concert before McCartney retired.
Baseball was another huge part of Chip's life from being a baseball player, to managing and coaching his sons, and following his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. He was a faithful fan, who followed them even in their losing seasons, as he loved to say. He was very active in the Gastineau Little League for many years.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting coins, including researching the different ones. He loved to learn and was continually taking online courses for accounting, communications and whatever else caught his eye.
Chip's generosity and kindness will always be remembered by those who had the good fortune to meet him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Mixson and his sister Katherine "Jo" Shipes.
He is survived by his wife; son, Stephen Mixson and wife, Alena and children, Kiana and Jalyn of Wilsonville, Ore.; daughter, Effie Branson and children, Hailey and Jaden of Newport, Ore.; son, M. Travis Miller of Juneau; and son, Zachary Mixson of Juneau; mother, Joyce Mixson of Rincon, Ga.; sisters, Belinda Ross of North Charleston, S.C. and Gina Vose of Juneau; brother, Mac Mixson and wife, Staci of Memphis, Tenn. as well as many nephews, nieces, and friends.
In honor of Chip's memory, a Celebration of Life was held from noon to 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Valley Chapel, Juneau.
Remembrances can be sent to Lynda Mixson, PO Box 34434, Juneau, AK 99803.