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Tim Gribben - July 27, 2009


Born Aug. 3, 1960 in Alamosa, Timothy James Gribben died in Burlington Monday, July 27, 2009 after a four-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease).

Tim graduated from Holy­oke High School in 1979 and attended K-3 in Craig and Otis. His honors included being named to the N.E. Colorado All Conference football team in 1978. He attended McPherson College with a football scholarship, playing middle linebacker. He graduated from McPherson in 1983. His first coaching/teaching job was in Syracuse, Kan. He went to Burlington where he taught industrial arts, assisted in football and was head basketball coach, making it to State one year.

While at Burlington he was united in marriage in June 1989 to Tawni Farnsworth and they were blessed with two wonderful boys: Alex and Preston. In 2000 he took the job at Idalia as superintendent and all administrative duties, as well as coaching.

Tim was very successful as head football coach, as his six-man football teams won several State championships. He was always quick to give credit to his great coaching staff and the great athletes at Idalia.

He had many honors in life: All Conference football in high school, Administrator of the Year, Colorado Coach of the Year, getting to coach an All-State football team —he was a born leader.

He enjoyed working with young people: Catechism teacher; officiating high school football, basketball and baseball; as a school administrator, counselor and naturally as a coach—a title he wore with pride.

Survivors include parents, James and Wilma Gribben of Holyoke; wife, Tawni Farnsworth Gribben; sons, Alex and Preston Gribben; daughter, Jamie Stein; siblings, Mark Storey and wife Doris of Tallahassee, Fla., Terry Gribben and wife Kathryn of Omaha, Neb., Sharon Bernard and husband Larry of Amherst and Kathy Mays of Rapid City, S.D.; nieces, Amelia Storey of USMA, Kurstin Mays of Rapid City, S.D. and Jordan Bernard of Amherst; nephews, Josh Storey and wife April of Charlotte, N.C., Sean Gribben of Omaha, Neb., Paul Gribben of Lincoln, Neb. and Michael Mays of Rapid City, S.D.

Tim was preceded in death by baby brother Daniel Ray Gribben, brother-in-law Mike Mays and Stevens and Gribben grandparents.

He leaves many other relatives and his great friends in Northeast Colorado and throughout the world.

Tim’s funeral service is set for Friday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Burlington Community Building. There will be a visitation Thursday, July 30 from 6-8 p.m., with a parish rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Burlington. Burial will follow the funeral service at Fairview Cemetery in Burlington.

Holyoke community is also invited to “A Time to Remember Tim Gribben” Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Holyoke High School auditorium. Fellowship and refreshments will follow.

A fund is being established in Holyoke in Tim’s memory for an athletic scholarship, “The Rudy Award.”