William Joseph Gibson
1960 - 2021
BORN
1960
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Rabenhorst Funeral Home & Crematory East
11000 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
William "Bill" Joseph Gibson, 60, of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away on September 16, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. He was born on December 29, 1960, in Borger, TX. Upon graduating from Catholic High in 1979, he joined the US Air Force to serve our great nation for over eight years. After an honorable discharge, he was employed by LSU in their Coastal Studies Institute for almost 32 years where his numerous contributions to both academia and people's personal and professional development have not gone unnoticed. A creative problem solver with a can-do attitude, he always showed up ready for action. He was a jack-of-all-trades. Outside of work, he wore many hats too. Bill was president of his neighborhood HOA, a faithful member of St. George Catholic Church, and especially enjoyed biking, hiking, and traveling. If he wasn't to be found, he was probably watching a movie, which he loved to do as evidenced by his impressive DVD collection. His thirst for adventure (and work) took him all around the world, which is how he met his former wife with whom he raised two loving children. He instilled in them a passion for learning and a desire to help others to the best of their abilities. As a father, he showed great love for his children no matter the circumstances. As a brother, he would do anything for his siblings. As a son, he always took care of his parents. As an angel, he will be watching over all of us and will be greatly missed on this Earth by those who loved him: his children Katelynn and Robert Gibson; parents Carroll and Sophie Gibson; siblings Julia Harwell (Mark), Carl Gibson (Theresa), Ghislaine Christiansen (Tim), and John Gibson (Barbara); and nine nieces and nephews. A tribute to his life will be at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA, on Friday, September 24 at 11 am, followed by a funeral service at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in his honor toward a charity of your choosing that supports veterans of the US military. To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit www.rabenhorst.com.



Published by The Advocate on Sep. 22, 2021.
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St. George Catholic Church
Baton Rouge, LA
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St. George Catholic Church
Baton Rouge, LA
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Nancy and Steve Murray
October 3, 2021
When I think about my 13 years knowing Bill, I remember how every conversation he started in my office began with a bear-type back scratch on the doorframe. he was humble, unassuming, and had a strong moral compass. He never longed for the grandiose in favor of the modest. I especially remember and appreciate about him was his tenacity. If Bill was motivated to get something done, he stuck with it and made it happen. For example: After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we couldn´t perform field work due to BP´s accident. Once we learned that we weren´t allowed to do field work without specialized HAZMAT training, Bill went to work. Looking for sponsors, he called the oil/gas companies that were hosting WavCIS equipment. Ultimately, he secured a $25,000 grant for the purchase of specialty HAZMAT dive gear and specialized HAZMAT dive certifications for every single person in the shop. We were soon able to resume our field operations thanks to Bill. He could move mountains through sheer will, and I truly appreciated that about him. The last time I dropped by LSU to visit him, he was beaming with pride about the new truck that he bought for the shop, a purchase, I´m sure hinged on Bill´s persistence. My condolences go out to the family, I feel as if I know some of you, as Bill was an open and candid friend and coworker. I will miss him greatly, the world is worse off without him in it. Steve
Steven Jones
Work
September 29, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jim, Chris,Michael, Jeannie, Glenn, and Peggy.
The Bello Children
September 27, 2021
Sophie, Carroll, and your family, We can't explain how sad we are for all of you right now. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. In time, things won't hurt quite so bad as they do right now, but know that he is not suffering any more.
Ann and Clem Cornay
September 23, 2021
My heart aches for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Tillman
Other
September 23, 2021
Theresa and Family, Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
E J Jackson
September 22, 2021
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