The kind, fun, caring soul of Mr. Gabriel Guy King of Normandy, TN (aged 64) passed away peacefully at Vanderbilt Hospital, in Nashville, TN, on December 13, 2022.
The third of four sons, Gabriel was born October 16, 1958, in Abington, PA to Dr. Jean Irl Francis King and Mrs. Valrea Althea (Hafen) King. He grew up in a historic Boston suburban community graduating from Carlisle Junior High School in 1972 and from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1976.
His formative years were joyful with family summer home activities in an old Central MA mountain resort town hiking through the forests, building forts, sledding down the backyard slopes, skating on ponds, and playing backyard baseball with his brothers. Gabe earned his way through life from an early age part-time installing and plastering in-ground pools, laying bricks, painting apartments, and building cabins.
Bright of mind and skilled of hand he learned auto mechanics from the ground up rebuilding vintage German cars with his Uncle Dr. James King in Albuquerque during his teenage summers. Gabe loved sports and the outdoors. The summer of his senior year of High School he bicycled from Chicago, IL to his MA family home and completed a noteworthy double century (200 miles bicycled in 24 hours) milestone.
His freshman year of college was at Northeastern University in Boston where his courses centered on the Earth Sciences. He transferred to the then Dixie Jr. College where he met and subsequently married the former Muriel Esplin of St. George, UT on May 1, 1981.
Gabe transferred from Dixie College to Brigham Young University and graduated with a BS in Geology in 1984. He moved back to the family's Massachusetts Summer Home and worked for a few years in MA on construction-related contracted jobs.
With a burgeoning young family in tow, Gabe moved back to the Intermountain West. The majority of Gabe’s 30-year professional career was served with the Department of Energy at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. At Sandia, Gabe moved quickly up the ranks from a Hazardous Materials Technician to Sr. Management in Hazardous and Radioactive Materials Environmental Health and Safety (Processing and Security and Regulatory Compliance) Positions. A capstone of his career achievements was a National DOE Award for Exceptional Service in the National Interest. Gabe retired from Sandia in 2018.
Gabe built a big, beautiful southwestern home in Edgewood, NM that was the center of his family life for twenty-plus years with three children. He served many years as a Scoutmaster and introduced his family and many a young scout to the joys of camping, hiking, biking, hunting, and four-wheeling. He was often found under a hood with his children building BMWs and Jeeps with and for his extended family. His woodworking and carpentry/cabinetry work was elegant and built for the long haul.
Gabriel King was a very fun and active father. He was always up for road trips, hiking, biking, camping, and any adventures with the family. He was always the man behind the camera or two. He used kindness and humor as his way of guiding and raising his children through life. He was quick with a joke, a kind smile, and a helpful hand. Many were drawn to his talents and personality.
Gabriel Guy King is survived by Muriel Esplin King of St. George, UT, and his Children - Klissa (King) Nolan and her husband Tim Nolan, and grandchildren (Ashlynn, Mikayla, and Tanner) of Niceville, FL; Asa King and his wife, Brittany (Webb) King of Bountiful, UT; and Stasia King of Layton, UT.
Gabriel Guy King is survived in death by his brother- Kimmel Hafen King of Savannah, GA; and his brother - Tancred Irl King of Lake Mary, FL; and his brother - Kermit Oppie King of Concord, MA. Gabriel is preceded in death by his father - Dr. Jean Irl Frances King and his mother - Valrea Althea Hafen King both buried in St. George.
A visitation will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St George, UT, on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at 9:30 am. The Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at 11:00 am at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel.
Graveside Internment at 12:00 pm St George Cemetery, at 650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT
Friends and family that are unable to attend the services are welcome to view them virtually by clicking on the link below:
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society at www.donate3.cancer.org
The family would also to express appreciation to Dr. Lu of the MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX, and Dr. Hewlett of Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, TN.
Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary. Friends and family are invited to express condolences in the online guest book for Gabriel at www.spilsburymortuary.com