Steadfast, Honest and Humble
Albert ‘Al’ Gabiola (94) died at home in Meridian, Idaho, on January 18, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boise, Idaho, on November 3, 1928, to Julio and Casilda Gabiola as the first of their five children, Al graduated from Boise High School, enlisted in the Navy for two years, and then graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Dedicated to his work, he spent over 30 years working for the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Western Area Power Administration in the operation of hydroelectric power plants and electric power transmission lines. In service to others, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and past member of Rotary Club and the BPOE.
Passionate about family, Al married Marilyn Jean Blood from Chicago, Illinois in 1994 and raised four amazing children, Linda, Mary, James, and Carol. After Marilyn’s death from illness in 1994, Al married Mary Murphy from Massachusetts in October 1997; she, too, had lost her spouse to illness. Al liked to play duplicate bridge and enjoyed reading, mostly about history.
Al was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Marilyn, daughter Linda, sisters Ramona and Betty, and brother Jim. He is survived by his wife Mary; his sister Josephine; his daughter Mary Gabiola of Fort Collins, Colorado; son James Gabiola of Laguna Beach, California; daughter Carol (Gary) Fish of Bend, Oregon; son-in-law Bob Heavers of Centennial, Colorado; five grandchildren Cassie (Ed) Ernish, Matea Fish, Amy (Cliff) Intriago, Jennifer (Jason) Hansen and Tim (Holly) Heavers; and five great grandchildren, Isabella, Owen, Jeffrey, Joseph, and Harper.
Al will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, a wise and loving father and grandpa, a very good man and devoted Catholic who enriched the lives of everyone lucky enough to cross his path.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Fundacion "Yo Te Amo", fyta.org
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