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C. Gail Grubbs

Posted 2009-09-16 by Sharon
The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ
March 16, 2005, p. A11

C. Gail Grubbs, 58, Forest Grove, died March 2, at his home.

Mr. Grubbs was born Dec. 2, 1946, in Coeur 'd Alene, Idaho, a son of Cleve and Luetta C. Jacobs Grubbs.

He was raised and educated in Wickenburg, Ariz., was a 1964 graduate of Wickenburg High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology and history at Arizona State University. During his years at ASU Mr. Grubbs worked as the assistant curator of the Heard Museum.

He was responsible for restoring the Goldwater Kachina Collection which is still on display.

Also, while living in Wickenburg in the 1970s, he did restoration work at the Desert Caballeros Museum.

In the 1970s Mr. Grubbs worked as a juvenile probation officer for Maricopa County. He later became director of CODAC, a substance abuse program in Phoenix. He also served as director of Youth Opportunity Unlimited, a foster care program for juveniles.

He spent many volunteer hours doing administrative work for the Arizona Valley Big Brothers.

He later received a master's degree in family counseling from Northern Arizona University.

On April 30, 1983, he married Gaye Avery in Tempe, Ariz. They lived in Arizona, including two years on the Navajo Reservation, and moved to Forest Grove, Ore. in 1998.

Mr. Grubbs was the seventh grade counselor at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove for the last seven years and also the chess coach.

He enjoyed anthropology and worked on the Navajo Reservation for 10 years and found dinosaur tracks previously unknown. He loved the past, embraced the present and had no fear of the future.

Mr. Grubbs enjoyed golf, playing trumpet, carving Kachinas, carpentry, art, and the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Gaye Avery-Grubbs of Forest Grove, Ore.; son Eric Grubbs of Riverside, Calif.; daughter Sharlotte Croxford of Phoenix, Ariz.; step-son and his wife, Emerson Earle and Dondi Pulse-Earle of Tucson, Ariz.; step-daughter Tamara Earle of Forest Grove, Ore.; and granddaughters Olivia and Kaylee.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial servide will be held Thursday, March 24, 1:30 p.m. at the Danforth Chapel at ASU in Tempe.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Neil Armstrong Middle School, 1777 Mountain View Lane, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

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