Sand Gibbs

June 8, 1948 ~ June 18, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old


Claude Sandford “Sand” Gibbs IV passed away at his home on June 18, 2023, at age 75. He
was the eldest child born to Mary Duncan and Claude Sandford “Buddy” Gibbs III, on June 8, 1948, in
San Angelo, Texas. Throughout early childhood, Buddy ensured that his children explored National
Parks, and appreciated the incredible outdoors in their travels from Canada to Mexico. The love of
nature and adventure shaped Sand’s character for the rest of his life. Sand was a remarkable athlete in
every sport he tried. Graduating from Permian H.S. in Odessa, Texas, he lettered in golf and track, and
was a two time state golf champion. He went on to attend Colorado State University on a golf
scholarship, where he was voted “outstanding golfer”. He continued his golf career as an amateur
champion, a professional, and club pro instructor. With a passion for every aspect of the game, he held
several long standing course records.

In 1977, during an earlier marriage with Gayle Cook, Sand welcomed his only child,
Christopher Sand Gibbs. He beamed with pride at every mention of Chris and his many
accomplishments. In 1992, Sand married the love of his life, Jennifer Ricker, and adored her for more
than 30 years. Having never met a stranger, his outgoing personality made him a natural salesman. He
enjoyed a large and loyal customer base working for the Wyatt Arp dealership.

Sand was a big, handsome man, with rugged good looks, and a captivating smile that livened up
any room he entered. Possessing a keen sense of humor, he loved a good joke. He loved fine sunny
days or watching a doe and fawn slowly slip along in the brush. Family and friends will miss him
terribly but he would not want those who loved him to mourn his passing. Instead, he would be
pleased if while enjoying the company of good friends, we might think of Sand Gibbs and know his
great smiling heart is watching.

Sand was preceded in death by his parents Mary Gibbs Hill and Claude S. Gibbs III. He is
survived by his wife Jennifer Ricker Gibbs of Buda, son Christopher S. Gibbs of Atlanta, brother Greg
D. Gibbs of Austin, sister Debra Mundell and husband Jim of San Angelo, stepson Jason Casey and
wife Rosie of Austin, grandchildren Hannah, Hallie, and Geoffrey, all of Austin, nieces and nephews
Blake Gibbs, Laura Gibbs Cook, and Carolyn Gibbs Simon all of Austin, Seth Mundell of San Angelo,
and Clay Mundell of New Braunfels, great nieces and nephews Hallie and Lily Cook, Holden and Case
Simon all of Austin, Audrey Mundell of New Braunfels, and Tucker Mundell, of San Angelo, cousins
Mildred Frances Hart of Chama, NM, Dolly McKenna of Washington D.C., and closest friends Steve
Bohmler and Buddy Pruett.

Family and friends will gather to remember Sand at his home on August 5, 2023.

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