Delbert Gray

 

October 3, 2019

Delbert Gray, 68, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.He was a lifelong resident of Wyoming.

Gray was born May 9, 1951, in Rock Springs and grew up in Superior; the son of Alfonso Gray and Dessie Bee Richard.

He was a 1969 graduate of Rock Springs High School, and attended Western Wyoming Community College and the University of Wyoming for four years where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Gray also attended the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for two years.

Delbert married Laurie G. Gray Podbevsek Nov. 20, 1972, in Salt Lake City. They were married for 47 years.

He worked for the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Department as a detective, head of security for the hospital and WWCC.

Delbert worked for the Rock Springs Police Department on and off for more than 20 years until his retirement in 2015.

Gray was a member of the World Taekwondo Federation and the Wyoming Peace Officers Association.

Delbert enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, boating, fishing, and politics; he ran for sheriff five times.

Delbert loved helping people; he always kept money in his pocket to give a helping hand to those in need.

Survivors include his wife, Laurie Gray of Rock Springs, one son, Leontra Gray of Rock Springs, one daughter, Kilji Jenkins Gutierrez and husband Joaquin of Rock Springs, two sisters, Gloria Hutton and Husband Fred of Rock Springs, Ruby Tullock and husband Skip of Rock Springs, one sister-in-law, Lisa Andicoechea, her husband Jose and their two children Nikole and Josh, five grandchildren, Oaklan and girlfriend Bailey Johnson, Jada, Alexus, Jayleigh "Bean," and Jace; as well as several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Tristan Jack, one sister, Emma Glaze, stepfather, John Glaze, mother in-law, Arlene Podbevsek, grandmother-in-law,Hannah Smith, brother-in-law, Jack A. Podbevsek, and Father-in-law, Jack G. Podbevsek.

After cremation, a Celebration of Life took place at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs. Inurnment took place in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.

The family respectfully requests donations in Delbert's memory be made to Primary Children's Hospital, 100 Mario Capecchi Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84113.

Condolences may be left at http://www.vasefuneralhomes.com

 

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