Friday, February 3, 2017

My Brother Keith Bedell Gibson

by Christine Firmature
September 6, 1957  September 22, 2016

Keith Bedell Gibsondevote follower of Jesus Christ and life-long resident of Canoga ParkCAdied of a heart attack oSeptember 22, 2016 at the age of 59 while residing at The Haven House located on the Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus.

Keith is survived by his daughters: Vanessa Marie Gibson of Marina Del Rey, CA; father, Richard Gibson of Woodland Hills, CAsisters, Paula Lauren Gibson of Los Angeles, CA and Leena Caroline Gibson, M.D. of Los AngelesCAbrothers Mark Gibson of TampaFlorida and Nicholas Gibson and his wife Holly of Austin, Texas, nephews Jeremy Taylor of Phoenix, AZ, and Mark Gibson of  Ontario, CA, a niece Ashley Gibson Hinojosa of Upland, CA.  He also had a biological daughter, Ambyr, with his then girlfriend Valerie Garcia, whom he gave up for adoption when she was a baby. He is also survived by a host of grand nieces and Nephews, including Alexandra, Vanessa, Jeremy Jr, Jasmine, Cassius and Vincent Mark, along with his former sister in law, Denise Murtagh and many friends.

Keith's beloved mother, Thelma Cornelia Gibson (bee Washington), passed away  before him on August 11, 2004. 

Keith was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the first-born son to Richard and Thelma Gibson.  As a child residing in Canoga ParkCAKeith and his brother Mark participated in the competitive sport of Ice Hockey and showed their dedication to the sport by waking at 4:00 am for team practice

During his teen-age yearsKeith met Kathleen Firmature, his future wife and mother to his beloved daughter, Vanessa Marie Gibson. Even though the union ended in divorce, they remained close and their mutual love for each other never wavered; they were “family.” 
Keith and Kathy on their wedding day

Keith, Kathy and Vanessa

Later Keith was also married to and divorced from Christine Bouman and Magda Lara Gibson.

Keith and Magda
As a young adult, Keith enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed his recruit training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, CA.  He proudly served his country at Marine Crops Logistic Support Base Pacific in Barstow, CA. and he was honorably discharged.  

While Keith was active in military service, he purchased his first motorcycle and was hooked!  Although Keith was always mechanically inclined, hexpanded his knowledge of vehicles over the years through various career paths including building and selling motorcycles, owning an operating a tow truck company and driving for the MTA

The First Motorcyle

He enjoyed working with his hands so he attended L.A. Pierce College and became a licensed welder. He honed his craft and opened a welding shop. He designed and created one-of-a-kind items such as custom handcrafted ornamental wrought iron gates, fencing, furniture and jewelry.  He was a true artisan.  
He enjoyed working with his hands. He demonstrated his expertise in trucks, cars & motorcycles by customizing Harleys that he built from scratch and restoring old vehicles.  He earned the nickname, Steel Keith and his love to build and restore cars, motorcycles and trucks stayed with him for life.

Keith was an active member in Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years and rarely turned down a request to volunteer and be of service.  Over the years, the fellowship of AA was an important part of his life as he sponsored many members and routinely was asked to speak at various hospitals, institutions and meetings.    

For many years, Keith attended Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CAtaught Sunday school to the parishioner’s children, and he was frequently seen with his Bible.  He loved reading the word of God and had a gift for memorizing Bible verses, which he often shared with friends and family. This past year, he was attending Shepherd of the Hills Church through the V.A.

In 2014, Keith suffered a major stroke and survived it. However he was still suffering residual effects of the stoke when he passed away in his sleep on September 22, 2016.

Keith Bedell Gibson loved the Lord. His greatest strength was his ability to use his love of God to help anyone he deemed worthy. He was strong reviver and healer of many broken souls. Keith was a hands-on creative artisan spirit who had a gift of helping people while creating and transforming broken things to something better. He was a true gem of a human being and touched many humans in a positive light

His cremated remains are currently in possesion of his daughter Vanessa, and will be interned at at Miramar National Cemetery (5745 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA 92122) at a later date to be determined.

Keith's Memorial Service at Dockweiler State Beach

Keith with Vanessa and Jeremy

Paula, Mark, Keith and Dad

Keith and his Hello Kitty Mug

Mark, Paula and Keith

Paula and Keith

Keith and Mark

Keith,Paula and Mark

Magda and Marisol



Keith and Ashley

Vanessa and Keith

Dad and Nick praying for Keith

Keith and Paula



Keith and Paula

Paula and Keith

Keith, Mark and Paula on Ferry to Galveston, Texas

Mark, Paula and Keith

Keith, Nick, Caroline (back), Paula and Mark (front)

Auntie Verona and Keith

Keith and Granddaddy Clarence Washington

Mark, Paula and Keith with Uncle Buddy


Keith and Paula


Keith and Vaness

Family Time

Kathy, Keith and Paula

Keith, Vanessa and Matk

Mark and Keith

Mark, Thelma *Mom* and Keith

Mom and the Gibson kids

Keith and Kathy

Paula and Keith

Keith and the fat boy motorcycle

Hawaiian Vacation

Paula and Keith

Keith and Vanessa

Mr. Keith Bedell Gibson

Keith and grand niece Vanessa

Keith and Vanessa

Paula and Keith

Kathy and Keith