Day 1 of the official demolition of the Dee Gibbons home July 10, 2012. The Gibbons home was used for over 20 years as an integral part of the San Juan Campus. Prior to the 10th, inside doors, windows & fixtures had been removed, but once the roof was removed the die was cast, and the beautiful home was soon destroyed.
Day 2 Tri-Hurst (De)Construction made quick work of demolishing the front and upper floors of the Gibbons home the 2nd day on July 11
By Day 3 -- all that was left to remove was the basement of the home and the beautiful west arches on the west. It is a sad ending to one of the most beautiful homes in Blanding and a reminder of how our little community college began.
Our family was personally connected to Dr. Gibbons and his family, as they lived in our ward and neighborhood for many years. He delivered 5 of our eight children, doing a masterful job at performing C-sections. Because our wedding anniversaries were in the same month, we often helped orchestrate December Anniversary parties, and Dee and Beppy were a part of that as well.
In the early days of my journalism career for the San Juan Record, I wrote a feature story about his practice, and how federal and state regulations were nearly driving him out of business. It was a sympathetic look at what rural doctors do to provide service. He was also instrumental in getting Dr. Jim Redd into med school and to come back to practice in Blanding.