August 10, 1950 – September 2, 2023
Frank Gibson passed away peacefully on September 2, 2023 surrounded by the family he loved. They say the most important thing is the “dash” between a person’s birth and death, meaning it’s how you lived your life. Frank’s dash was packed full – he lived life to the fullest.
He was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Henry and Arabella Gibson and was raised and attended school in Kansas City, Kansas. At a tender age of 17, he joined the US Marine Corps. As soon as he turned 18, he was deployed to Vietnam where he served two tours. He loved being a Marine and served proudly. Semper Fi.
Frank was a warrior at heart and served in the military for five decades, from Vietnam to Iraq. His dedication to his country was evident through his service in both active and reserve military roles. He was deployed to Iraq with his last unit, the 319 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Co., serving with brave and courageous men and women who are still friends to this day.
Frank also had a distinguished career in local and international law enforcement. He was a police officer in Lawrence, Kansas, Green River, Wyoming and Everett, WA. After Everett, he became a part of the UN International Police Task Force and served for a total of 8 years. He served in Bosnia, East Timor and Kosovo. He loved international work, not only the people he served with but the locals he helped to protect. He wrote three books about his experiences, a book for each country.
A life-long goal of his was to finish his bachelor’s degree; he accomplished that by attending Seattle Bible College where he earned a Bachelors in Biblical Studies. Some of his happiest years was being a student at SBC. Frank had a strong faith in his savior Jesus Christ and took opportunities to share that love.
He married his love Ann Morse Gibson and they had three sons, Aaron, Adam, and David. His family was his joy; there were endless backyard wiffle ball games with the boys and their friends, basketball, dirt bikes, camping trips, etc. So many great memories and stories.
Frank is survived by his wife, Ann Gibson, and his sons Aaron, (wife Faith and son Peter); Adam, (wife Hannah and sons Isaac, Jesiah and Abraham); and David, (wife Denise and sons Brian, Andy, Tommy and daughter Grace). Brian is married to Gracie O’Neill Gibson. He is also survived by his sister Ruth Coon, sister Merry Gerdes, and brother Tom Gibson.
Frank will be remembered for his unwavering faith, his love for his family and dedication to his country. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A ceremony to honor Frank’s life will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at Sonrise Christian Center, 11625 Airport Road, Everett, WA.
Flowers are welcome, but in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Seattle Bible College, Everett, WA or The Fisher House at Joint Base Lewis/McChord, WA.