Obituary: Dr. Gary Sibigtroth
Dr. Gary Sibigtroth of Parker was born March 14, 1947 in LaSalle, Ill. to Robert and Arlene Sibigtroth. His life was taken on Jan. 29, 2008 by Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
At age 5, Gary and his family moved to Boulder. He attended Boulder High School and was active in basketball and track. He attended Mesa State College on a basketball scholarship for two years. He graduated from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a Bachelor in Education and later went on to receive his Doctorate of Education Administration from the University of California.
In 1969, he took his first teaching position in Ouray. He coached, taught, and drove a bus to Idorado Mine at 10,000 feet elevation until 1978. Gary moved to Dolores, where he continued his career in education until 1986. While still enjoying the changes in education and looking for new challenges he accepted a position as the Superintendent of East Grand School District in Granby. In Granby, he and Darlene met life-long friends and Gary continued to pursue the activities that he loved, such as skiing, biking and hiking in the mountains.
He remained in Granby until 1994 when he moved into a different realm of education as the Executive Director of the Southeaster Board of Cooperative Services in Lamar. After two years in Lamar the Colorado Department of Education asked Gary to assume the position of Regional Manager. Also during this time Gary enjoyed several years participating not only as a student at the Dale Carnegie Center of Excellence but as a highly regarded leadership trainer and mentor. In 2002, Gary reached the pinnacle of his career. He became one of the Assistant Commissioners to the Colorado Commissioner of Education. He remained there until his retirement in December 2006 when his illness no longer allowed him the ability to work in the capacity that he was accustomed to.
Dr. Sibigtroth is survived by his mother, Arlene Sibigtroth, brother Robert, wife and best friend of 26 years Darlene along with his five daughters, Cheri (Paul) Wiebelhaus, Christy (Kendall) Thurman, Cindy (Jacques) Saari, Wendy (Doug) Lee and Michelle Butler. His eleven grandchildren were the joy of his life and brought much laughter into his home.
Services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 at Easter Hills Community Church, 19697 East Smoky Hill Road in Centennial at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Gary’s name to the MDA Augie’s Quest. Donations may be sent to MDA ALS Division-Augie’s Quest, 720 S Colorado Blvd. #308S, Denver, CO 80246.
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