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James A. "Jim" Gibbs
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1922
King County
Washington, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 2010
Lincoln County
Oregon, USA

James A. Gibbs, 88, of Yachats, Ore., died April 30, 2010 at his home.

He was born Jan. 17, 1922 to James A. Gibbs Sr. and Vera Gibbs in Seattle, Wash. He graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle. He was a World War II veteran and in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he became a lighthouse keeper at Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, an experience that helped inspire his love of nautical history.

In 1950, he married Cherie Lola Norman, who preceded him in death in 1999. He had one daughter, Debbie Ann Pedrick, who was his buddy, confidant and neighbor for these last 34 years along with her husband, Ray.

He retired as editor of "Marine Digest" magazine in 1972, at which time he and Cherie moved to Hawaii, where they lived before returning to the Oregon coast in 1976. Here they established a home and the first privately owned working lighthouse in Oregon known as "Cleft in the Rock Lighthouse," just south of Yachats in the lee of Cape Perpetua. This was the second private lighthouse they built, the first being Skunk Bay Light on the Puget Sound in the early 1960s.

Throughout his adult working life he was always a writer and wrote more than 20 books related to lighthouses, shipwrecks, sailing ships and nautical history. In the late 1940s, he also co-founded the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society and served as one of its first presidents.

He was a man of deep faith and loved his church and church family. He was a member, deacon and lay pastor at the Yachats Baptist Church for many years. He was also a multi-time cancer survivor whose trust, faith and good-natured acceptance of life's pitfalls gave him a great inner strength.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. Gibbs Sr. and Vera Gibbs; and his sister, Betty Eicher.

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Ray) Ann Pedrick; and his sister, Adrian Blackstock.

At his request, no services are planned. Affordable Burial and Cremation in Newport is handing arrangements.

Created by: Jo Frey
Record added: Jul 02, 2012
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James A. Jim Gibbs
Added by: Jo Frey
James A. Jim Gibbs
Added by: Jo Frey
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You inspired my love of shipwrecks and lighthouses at the tender age of 13 years. My life has never been the same. Thank you for your books and for your service in World War II and in the Coast Guard as a lighthouse keeper. Rest in peace with your beloved...(Read more)
- Jo Frey
 Added: Jul. 2, 2012

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