Lawrence Gibb

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2010

Lawrence Gibb passed away Sept. 30, 2010 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, with his children at his side.

Born in California, Lawrence moved to Alaska with his mother Marian and stepfather Bill Hamilton, settling in Ketchikan. Lawrence attended school in Ketchikan where he met his first wife Frances Christopher; they got married in 1956, and raised five kids, in Ketchikan, Juneau and Petersburg.

Lawrence spent most of his working career as a 302 operator, with his favorite piece of equipment being the 988 front end loader. Some of Lawrence's favorite jobs included working on the ice road to Prudhoe - from 1976 to 1968 - with the discovery of oil, to building airport runways in Southeast Alaska, and numerous roads, ending with working on the Alaska Pipeline Road System from Prudhoe to Valdez. Other jobs included working as a tug boat cook, commercial fisherman, longshoreman, boiler operator, and maintenance supervisor.

Lawrence was also preceded in death by his stepfather Bill, grandson Andrew, second wife Anne, and his mother Marian. He is survived by his five children and their spouses, Larry (Kim) of Juneau, Michelle (Mark) of Palmer, Charlene of Eagle River, Kathy (Mike) of Ketchikan and Cheryle of Juneau, grandchildren, Denisha and Derek Gibb, Sean and Travis Grande, Mariah Thornsley, Brook, Matthew and Deandra Bainey, Dylan and Emma Rice, great grandchildren, Dakota, Kristopher and Paige Grande.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your favorite animal shelter.

Graveside services will be scheduled at a later date.

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