OBITUARY

Pat Gibson

January 5, 1952September 12, 2013
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Patrick E. “Pat” Gibson, MD, passed into eternal life on Thursday, September 12, 2013. His was a life marked by boundless joy, contagious laughter, genuine compassion, abiding faith, and a deep-rooted love for his patients, his friends and his family. The mere mention of his wife, Alicia, or his twins, Jourdan and Clay would spark a smile that lit up the room and prompt him to whip out his phone to share their most recent photos and stories. Pat, who was born on January 5, 1952 in Houston, was raised in Corsicana, Texas. He was the youngest of Dr. Louis E. and Betty Lou Gibson’s four children. Medicine was in his blood. Pat got his first taste of the profession racing along East Texas highways in a low-slung sedan with his father, a respected general surgeon, at the wheel en route to medical emergencies. As a high school science fair project, Pat built a rudimentary pacemaker that kept a rabbit alive for an extended period of time, earning him top statewide honors in the International Engineering and Science Fair. Early on, Pat recognized that science and faith were not mutually exclusive, assisting his father with surgeries in the jungles of Ecuador as part of medical missions. Honoring the intersection of science and faith, Pat chose to attend Baylor University upon graduation from Corsicana High in 1970. At Baylor, he became a lifelong Bear fan and later, met Alicia, the love of his life, on her first day on campus in 1974. In 1980, Pat earned his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Upon completing his surgical residency and a vascular fellowship in 1986, he moved to San Angelo and joined the staff of San Angelo Community Medical Center (SACMC) where he served as both director of Trauma and Chairman of the SACMC Board of Directors from 1995-2003. He continued to serve as a SACMC director until his passing. He was also the medical director for the local mammography program administered by the San Angelo campus of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. Described by colleagues as a physician with “hands for surgery and an exceptional heart for people,” Pat was known by medical professionals and patients alike for his compassion, his empathy and his ability to connect with people from every walk of life. His quick wit and ready grin instantaneously turned strangers into friends. One of his signature moves was gifting people with nicknames that they proudly wore as badges of friendship. While medicine was definitely a priority, it was not his sole focus in the community. He was dedicated to making life better for those around him through art, education and increased business opportunities. Pat and Alicia strongly supported local art institutions, including the San Angelo Symphony, Angelo Civic Theatre and standalone cultural projects such as the Feast of Santa Angela. From first-hand experience, Pat knew that creativity has the power to change individual lives and communities. This passion for the arts can be traced, in part, to his paternal grandmother, Jewel Gibson, a noted Texas playwright. As a youngster, Gibson, along with his siblings and cousins, would perform original plays written for their family’s entertainment. Later in life, the austerity of his white coat belied his status as the lead guitarist and singer for The Others, a classic rock n’ roll band that he and his friends formed in high school. The group, which won the State Fair of Texas Battle of the Bands in the early 1970s, continued to perform together periodically. The Gibsons also joined forces for the community’s greater good through the United Way and the San Angelo Schools Foundation. Pat also served as a director at Texas State Bank since 1993, director of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of then-U.S. Senator Phil Gramm’s Rural Health Care Task Force. While Pat embraced life at full speed, he recharged his batteries in the great outdoors, pursuing his twin passions of hunting and fishing. In the wilds, he soaked up the majesty of nature and forged deep relationships with his fellow-outdoorsmen that spanned decades. Pat is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Alicia; his daughter, Jourdan; his son, Clay, daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and granddaughter Mary Carlisle; as well brother Dr. Mike Gibson and spouse Debbie of Dallas; sisters Nancy Hodges and spouse Larry of Bolivar, Mo., and Gail Clowe and spouse Don of San Antonio. Pat has six nieces and nephews, Cameron and Shannon Hodges, Duncan and Beth Clowe, and Lauren Bilboa and Ross Gibson. A public celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the front entrance of the West Texas Medical Associates building located on Executive Drive. The Gibson family wishes to thank their extended family at West Texas Medical Associates and San Angelo Community Medical Center, and the entire community of San Angelo for their heartfelt support and outpouring of prayers. Memorial donations may be sent to the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health or the San Angelo arts or education organization of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, September 17, 2013
REMEMBERING

Pat Gibson

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Artie Vanderpool

September 20, 2013

I knew Dr. Gibson, and wife Alicia, through his philanthropic endeavors to help Angelo Civic Theatre. Their unwavering stewardship of San Angelo, and fostering of the arts, helped many young San Angeloans, like myself, prosper into the adults we are today. I will remember Dr. Pat Gibson as a kind, warm hearted and generous man, with a bright smile and applauded talent and humor. My sincere condolences for your tragic loss, and my strong and constant prayer that you will be loved, guided, and comforted during this time of sorrow.

Ailsa Anderson

September 20, 2013

9/20/2013

Dear Gibson Family,

To lose two dear members of your family in such a short time must be so very difficult!

I was so very sorry to read a few moments ago of Pat's passing. 

I did not know the man; but, I do remember the boy.  How blessed we were to have grown up in Corsicana surrounded by wonderful family and friends. 

"[May]the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, ... guard [each of] your hearts and  minds in Christ Jesus."  — Phillipians 4:7  

Guy & Ailsa (Flynn) Anderson

Bob Keeling

September 19, 2013

To All of Dr. Pat's Family, please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Dr. Pat performed day surgery on me last April and was concerned and caring every time I saw him. He also has did a procedure on another member of my family fairly recently. His death is a great loss of a friend and talented surgeon.

Kay Johnston

September 19, 2013

What a wonderful and pleasant man to work with! His positive attitude,genuine unselfish compassion, wisdom, humor, uplifting charisma,and phenomenal leadership capabilities are some of the traits that many of us physicians may only be able to "hope" to emulate! We have been truly blessed to have been able to observe such fine traits from such a beloved man! We will cherish those memories for many years to come. May you feel God's almighty peace and presence in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Alexandra

September 18, 2013

I didn't know Pat very well but I was lucky enough to meet him once and he struck me as a warm, gregarious man. My heart goes out to his son Clay (my co-worker) and the rest of the Gibson family. My deepest condolences.

Family of Cathy Lowry

September 18, 2013

To Dr. Gibson's family and friends,
Our hearts are heavy, prayers are with you during this time and the days ahead. Our family was blessed to have Dr. Gibson as our mother's surgeon. He walked us through a scary time, assuring us that he will take the best care of her. He showed the utmost compassion and care for her. For that, we are forever grateful.

Mary Brown-Solomon

September 18, 2013

He left us too soon, but he certainly left us with many memories. What a wonderful man, always smiling and cheerful and greeting anyone he passed in the halls of the hospital. Such a gifted surgeon who loved medicine but more importantly, God, his family, and the outdoors. Alicia, Jourdan, Clay and Elizabeth, I pray for strength and comfort in the days ahead. God Bless You.

Dawn and Fernando Gonzalez

September 18, 2013

Our sincere condolences to the Gibson family. We were able to work with Pat as a colleague and also had the privilege of being his patient. Truly dedicated to his patients and family. What a jewel he was to all who were honored to work with him or be his patient. And a true gentleman.

Breta Easterwood

September 17, 2013

I will miss Dr. Gibson's sunny disposition and funny stories. It was an honor and a joy to work with him. I cannot imagine PACU without him. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Beverly Hanks

September 17, 2013

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Dr. Gibson. He did mine and my little brothers surgery last Sept and he was awesome. I also had the pleasure of working with him at the Chamber of Commerce. It is a great loss for this entire community. My prayers go out to his family and friends and I ask God to hold you in his arms and give you peace. We will all miss him dearly.

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