T. H. Gil
August 29, 1925 - January 16, 2010
It is often said among the Marine Corps of brothers, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” Truer words were never spoken in regards to the life of Trinidad H. Gil.
World War II veteran T.H. Gil died Jan. 16, 2010 at the age of 84. He was born Aug. 29, 1925 in McGaffey, N.M. and raised in Flagstaff. He moved to Yuma in his 30s where he remained until 2002. After the 2002 death of his beloved wife Lupe A. Gil in Payson, he continued to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Luann and John Carpino of Payson.
In 1942, at 17 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Gil fought valiantly in Iwo Jima, the battle for Saipan and in many other battle areas during the Asiatic Pacific Campaigns. He returned home a decorated Marine; he counted a Triple Bronze Star Veteran among his campaign ribbons and medals.
After Mr. Gil’s discharge, he returned to Flagstaff where, in July 1954, he met the love of his life, Lupe A. Gil, and married her three months later. In 1958 they moved to Yuma, where they raised their three children.
He will be greatly missed by his surviving family members including son, Joseph Ray (Lisa) Gil of Gallitzin Pa.; daughters, Theresa Gil of Michigan and Luann Gil (John) Carpino of Payson. He is also survived by his two sisters, Lupe Anaya of Flagstaff and Dolores (Oscar) Espinoza of Mesa; as well as mother-in-law, Lucy Amavisca of Yuma; sister-in-law, Rachel Crawford of Yuma; brothers-in-law, George (Alicia) Amavisca of Yuma and Robert (Lucy) Amavisca of Glendale Ariz.; also surviving are grandchildren Matthew Carpino of California; Nicholas, Jessalyn and Jared Carpino of Arizona, Alexis, Alayna, and Julia Gil of Pennsylvania and Christopher Gil of Florida; and one great-grandson, Ely of Florida.
Mr. Gil was preceded in death by his soul mate, Lupe A. Gil; his parents, Jesus and Ignacia Gil; as well as beloved brothers, Ramon and John. Mr. Gil was also preceded in death by several infant brothers and sisters, and an infant granddaughter, Michaela Anne Gil, who he is now reunited with in heaven.
A wake and Catholic rites will be held at his memorial services at the Payson Messinger Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr., at 4 p.m., Monday Jan. 25 to be followed by family and friends memorial sharing with conclusion of this service conducted by the Payson Military Honor Guard. A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, with a reception following at the church parish hall.
Mr. Gil will be laid to rest with his beloved wife at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Yuma.
Officiating Catholic rites and Mass is Father William L. Gyure. Arrangements are being handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Johnson Mortuary Desert Lawn of Yuma.