Obituary for Gordon Lyle Gilpin

Gordon Lyle Gilpin, of Safford, passed away on Aug. 5, 2020, at the age of 92 following a long illness. Gordon was born on Aug. 17, 1927, in Clifton, to Rush Gilpin and Florence Gatlin Gilpin. He was one of three children including two sisters, Ethel Lee and Florence (Tiny).

Gordon attended elementary school in Silver City, New Mexico, and eventually graduated from Clifton High School in 1945. It was there that he first met his current wife, Barbara Ridlon Gilpin. After graduating from high school and attending Arizona State University, he went to work for Phelps Dodge in Morenci. One to two years later, he enlisted in the service, where he served three years in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Alaska. As the years passed after his return from service, he once again worked at the Morenci mine, the San Manuel mine, Toquepala mine in Peru, Twin Buttes mine near Tucson, and Tyrone mine in New Mexico. After working 27 years in the mine at Tyrone, he retired from mining. He always said he had copper in his blood.

Gordon married Nora Elsie while in Peru in 1957. He and Nora had five children, Sherry, Gary, Carol Ann, Russell, and Dave. Many years later, Gordon reunited with Barbara Ridlon at a Clifton High School reunion. They were married on April 18, 1998. This union gave him two bonus daughters (Debbie and Jacque) and their extended families.

Gordon Lyle Gilpin

Gordon enjoyed dancing, painting, and fishing. He was also an avid book reader, and there were not many crossword puzzles that could stump him. In his younger years, he tried his hand at bull riding and bareback bronc riding.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter, Carol Ann; his son, Gary, and both of his sisters. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Sherry (Mark) McGregor; sons, Russell (Alice) Gilpin, and Dave (Serena) Gilpin; daughter-in-law, Maureen Gilpin; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Gordon also has two stepdaughters, Debbie Detherage (Denny), and Jacque Attaway (Wayne).

A memorial service will be held at McDougal Caldwell Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 10 a.m.