James C. Gilbert, 95, died Nov. 24, 2007 in Payson. He was born Oct. 28, 1912 in El Paso, Texas to James W. and Fannie Lambson Gilbert. The family lived in the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. As a young man, he worked in Arizona and Mexico as a cowboy, a hunting guide, in lumber camps, and as a pilot, flying small planes. He had great stories to tell of his adventures. He was married for 68 years to Hazel Johanna Larson. During World War II, he worked at Allison Steel in Phoenix, building jeeps and tanks. In 1947, he went to work for Salt River Project, at Roosevelt Dam and power plant and at Stewart Mountain Dam. The family enjoyed many great friendships there. They retired to Payson.
Throughout his life, Mr. Gilbert used his considerable talents and knowledge to provide many acts of service for countless people.
He was a gifted musician with a beautiful singing voice. He played the guitar, and had a wonderful memory for old songs, cowboy ballads, and Mexican songs. He played for his family, and had many friends who loved to play and sing. He also played the harmonica, fiddle and piano. He loved jam sessions with his dear friends.
He is survived by his loving wife Hazel, and his daughters, Lynnea, Laurel and Mary; his sister, Viola Ashmore and his brother, Donald Gilbert. He had 17 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 27th and Van Buren in the Valley, Thursday, Nov. 29 at 11 a.m. Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.