De Lamar was born in Logan, UT, to Hyrum and Claudia Gibbons. He was the sixth of seven children. Many of his early memories were set against the backdrop of farm life during the Great Depression.
He was born, raised, and remained an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life.
At 19, he served a full-time mission to what was then the East Central States Mission. Upon returning home, he was greeted with enlistment papers to serve as a Teletype operator in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
After the war, he returned home and attended Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) studying chemistry. Upon graduation, he was accepted to George Washington University Medical School to become a doctor of medicine in 1959.
His earliest years in practice were in Lewiston, UT, during which time he met and married his wife of nearly 50 years, Alberta “Beppy” Johanna Krommenhoek, on December 15, 1960.
Soon after their marriage, they moved from Lewiston to Blanding, UT, where they raised a family of five children until 1982 when the family moved to Washington, DC. After brief stays in Washington, DC; Indianapolis, IN; Grace, ID; Kellogg, ID; and the Netherlands, they returned and retired to Blanding in 1998.
De had an active life filled with a taste for adventure, innovation, community involvement, art and music, as well as a commitment to country, church, and family life.
In addition to his practice, he participated in community organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, local Chambers of Commerce, and served as mayor of Blanding for a short time.
De never stopped learning new things and trying new adventures. He enjoyed reading, gardening, building models, flying airplanes, riding ATV’s, traveling, and serving others. He wrote a number of books, some of which include: “The Self-Help Treatment of Colitis and Crohn’s Disease” and “Their Secrets: Why the Navajo Indians Never Get Cancer.”
Following what he personally described as a full and fulfilling life, he quietly passed away at home with loved ones by his side.
He is survived by his children: Charlotte Gibbons, Grant (Bonnie) Gibbons, Robyn (Mark) Evans, Mignon (Kent) Clegg, and Gregory (Sheila) Gibbons; 19 grand children and one great-granddaughter.
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, older brothers Don and Wayne, granddaughter Adrienne Clegg and grandson Benjamin Gibbons.
Funeral services were October 5, 2009, at the Blanding LDS Stake Center in Blanding.
The burial was performed in the Logan Cemetery in Logan, UT, on October 6, 2009.
Card of thanks
The family of De Lamar Gibbons would like to thank all of their friends who have been so much help to both De and his wife Beppy during their concurrent illnesses.
There are too many to mention but a few cannot be over looked. Thanks to Carolyn Black for her love and friendship. And special thanks to their medical professionals and LDS Ward family, who took such good care of their yard, family, and home during their final days.