John was born in Fort Sumner on Nov. 22, 1947, to Dorothy and Mauro Gibson. He attended Roswell High School and college at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
He was a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972, earning several medals. He worked at RE/MAX of Alamogordo, Ltd. for eight years. He had many co-workers and friends who loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Melinda Gibson. They were married on Dec. 26, 1981, in Albuquerque. Other survivors include sisters: Marla Frey and her husband, Walter Frey, of San Clemente, Calif., Bunnie May and her husband, J.C. May, of Jacksboro, Texas; a daughter, Laurie Van Tatenhove and her husband, Jeff, and twin grandchildren, Brooke and Ella; a brother-in-law, Dr. Thomas R. Hall, of Albuquerque; sister -in-law, Marilyn Haynie, and her husband, John Haynie, of Las Cruces; nephew, Dusty Dunn, of California; and nieces, Sandy Dunn and Jennifer Drake.
He also had many other relatives who were dear to his heart. There will be an open memorial celebration of his life for family and friends from noon to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 1803 W. First St., in Roswell. A private family memorial service will be held at the South Park cemetery on Feb. 11, 2011.