Douglas Glenn Gibb

Posted On July 22nd, 2012 -

Douglas Glenn Gibb, 72, longtime Ka’a’awa resident, died July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa with his family at his side.
He was born June 5, 1940 in Makaweli, Kauai, the son of Douglas Stormont and Gwendolyn (Bedell) Gibb. He was a 1958 graduate of Punahou Academy, a 1963 graduate of City College of San Francisco and a 1966 graduate of the University of Denver. He was Food and Beverage Manager for Island Holidays Kauai and Assistant Manager for Spencecliff Corporation.
In 1967, he joined the Honolulu Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1971, Detective in 1973, Lieutenant in 1976 and Captain in 1978. In 1982 he was named Policeman of the Year. He was appointed Chief in 1983.
Gibb retired from HPD and was Vice President for Records and Security at First Hawaiian Bank in 1989, retiring in 1998 and moving, with his wife, Melanie, to Des Moines to be near their daughter and family. He traveled the states in his RV and on his many Harleys. He enjoyed baking at his daughter’s Des Moines health food store.
Gibb was proud of his family’s membership in Scotland’s Buchanan clan. He played the bagpipes and slack key guitar, and enjoyed Hawaiian and Bluegrass music of old. The Gibbs had planned to move back to their home in Volcano, on the Big Island, in the fall to escape Iowa winters.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Melanie (Hardy); daughter, Diane Gibb (Rod) Lahodny of Des Moines; son, Glenn Kale (Keona) Gibb of Honolulu; grandchildren, Emma, Lake, and Stormont; brother, Charles E. (Barbara) Gibb of Honolulu; and sister, Christina E. (Jay) Moore of Napili, Maui.
A memorial visitation will be held 4-6 p.m., Friday, July 27 at Borthwick Mortuary, 1330 Maunakea St. A memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Honolulu Police Relief Association, 1537 Young St., Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96826 or to PBS Hawaii, 2350 Dole St., Honolulu, HI 96822.

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