Born: February 15 1981 in Fort Wainwright, Alaska
Died: September 22 2013
Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, of Aurora, Ore., died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash while operating in the central Red Sea. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. CWO Gibson was lost at sea when his Seahawk helicopter was tragically knocked off the flight deck of the USS Lawrence during operations in the Red Sea.
The following is Jon's published obituary in the News Enterprise
Jonathan Shelby Gibson, 32, of San Diego, was lost at sea Sept. 22, 2013, when his Seahawk helicopter was tragically knocked off the flight deck of the USS Lawrence during operations in the Red Sea. He was born Feb. 15, 1981, in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Beloved husband of Christina, Jon married Chrissy, the love of his life, Aug. 26, 2006. Loving father to Makaylin Paige, 6, and Alexander Scott, 4, his children were the light of his life. Jon enjoyed mountain biking, surfing, flying and snowboarding, but his favorite activity was playing with his children. Jon was the cherished son of father and stepmother, Scott and Kelly Gibson of Aurora, Ore., and his mother and stepfather, Jo Ann and Mike Lake of Elizabethtown; brother of Sgt. 1st Class James Gibson, U.S. Army Green Beret; and adored grandson of Alton and Dorothy Westover and Grace Seldon; and also is survived by a host of family and friends. An extremely talented and successful U.S. naval officer, Jon entered the Navy in 1999 at the age of 18. Jon served his country honorably and with pride, receiving four Navy Achievement Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and numerous Sailors of the Month and quarterly awards. Jon had an amazing spirit, a kind heart and a warm smile. His selfless devotion to his country and to the Navy was immeasurable, but was timelessly reflected in each story he shared. Jon was remembered with full military honors during a private ceremony Oct. 7 at Breakers Beach in Coronado, Calif. Upon the return of the USS Nimitz Battle Group, a public ceremony will be held aboard USS Midway in San Diego.
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