Daniel Robert Gibson passed away much too soon at the age of 41 on May 27, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born on July 28, 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was raised by his parents, Rich and Brenda Day, and grew up in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee but spent some time moving around between Florida (Jacksonville), North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and New Mexico. He finally landed in Colorado where he decided he was never going to leave.
Daniel married the love of his life, Jenna Marie Hendricks, on June 14, 2020. They were originally introduced through their mutual friend (Jesse Stewart AKA “Brother from another mother”). They knew each other for 14 years but dated off and on for 10 years getting to truly know each other before taking the big leap.
Daniel knew the importance of education and promoted that value to all that knew him. He was constantly learning anything that life had to offer him and enjoyed any puzzle/challenge that came his way. He worked many jobs over the years, sometimes having three at one time. Some of those jobs included being an elite finishing carpenter; a skilled medical lab technician (he made facial implants for jaws and aortic valve replacements); a retail/sales associate with LensCrafters; along with being a chef in multiple restaurants providing delicious cuisine everywhere he went. He ultimately ended up working a job being a truck driver where he experienced traveling and seeing the state of Colorado in all its majestic beauty.
He was a Christian who believed that Christ was his Savior and Lord and demonstrated those values every day to everyone he interacted with. When he wasn’t hard at work, he was enjoying his many hobbies that included cooking on the grill, fixing and repairing many different things like bicycles, motorcycles, houses, vehicles…pretty much anything that would be a challenge. He enjoyed the outdoors, riding motorcycles/dirt bikes, fishing, camping while making memories and s’mores, hunting, along with gaming with his sons and nephews. His taste in music was diverse and vast in flavor and style. Usually, you can tell what mood he was in based on the music he was feeling that day.
Daniel is the person that could be depended on in times of need or trouble. Just ask and he will be there with a smile with no questions asked besides the occasional “What did you do now?”. The first time that Daniel took his oldest son trail riding at woodland park made one of the largest impacts on him. Daniel would hop on his dirt bike and rip through the trail no problem but when he looked back, his oldest son was a hundred yards away trying to push his bike up a hill that he just completed. So, he did what any reasonable father would do… he took out his phone and recorded Gabriel pushing the dirt bike up the hill the entire time with a giggle or two throughout the video. Another fond memory was when they would go camping at Taylor reservoir and go fishing on his birthday. This was not only the first time that the boys were on a boat but would really get to know their dad. That day was finished with the entire family singing the entire time on the way back with the haul for the day. One more story that was told happened more recently was that both of his sons attempted the milk challenge in 30 minutes. Daniel bet his oldest son that it was impossible to finish an entire gallon of whole milk in 30 minutes. Naturally, the oldest took that challenge to heart and attempted it anyway. the youngest heard about this challenge and thought that this would be a piece of cake and decided to try it with chocolate milk instead. Needless to say, it didn’t work out well for either of them, but Daniel couldn’t help but laugh while helping them out of the bathroom. When Daniel was young, he wanted to take his sister’s shots so she would not feel that pain. He would collect lots of frogs in a bucket and bring them back to the house to show his mom his collection. He played lots of board/card games, surfed in the ocean, and was a competitive cannonball diver. He and his dad played pool and loved dirt bike riding together. Daniel was the “sunshine” in his parents’ lives.
Daniel is loved by many and will be missed tremendously.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his aunt. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother and father, and his sister and her three children.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help assist with any memorial cost for Daniel:
There will be a Celebration of Life for Daniel on Friday, June 11th at 4:00pm at Meridian Point Church located at 5450 North Meridian Road, Peyton, Colorado 80831.