January 24, 1932
September 28, 2021
Dr. Donald Paul Gazibara died on September 28, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born January 24, 1932 to Robert and Violet (Zatezalo) Gazibara, the youngest of three children. He grew up in Export, PA where he graduated from Export High School in 1949. Don met his beloved best friend Barbara Koch on a blind date in 1951. They were married in 1957 in Barbara's hometown of Jeannette, PA. Don completed his undergraduate studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 1953. He earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1957. Don completed his internship at Harrisburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. He served in the Public Health Service in Fort Yates, ND on the Standing Rock Reservation from 1958-1960. He completed his general surgical residency at Bismarck Hospital in Bismarck, ND in 1961. His orthopedic residency was completed 1962-1964 at the Guthrie Clinic at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
While living in Fort Yates, Don and Barbara started their family with the birth of their two daughters Jill and Dale. During their time in Fort Yates, Don was adopted as an honorary member by the community of Little Eagle on the Standing Rock Reservation. These experiences fostered Don and Barbara's love for Native American art and culture. Don and Barbara permanently settled in Colorado Springs, CO in 1964, where their third child Joel was born.
Don began his orthopedic practice at The Colorado Springs Medical Center. Don and Frederic Feiler co-founded the medical practice of Rustic Hills Orthopaedics, serving the Colorado Springs community for the next 34 years. The relationships Don developed with his patients, colleagues and medical staff were an integral part of his practice and his connections with the community. During his medical career, Don served as Vice President of the County Medical Society, President of the Colorado Emergency Room Physicians, Director of the Physicians Network Board, the Community Advisory Board and the Development Committee at Beth El College of Nursing. Don was the Chief of Staff at Memorial Hospital in 1989. At the end of his orthopedic career he became the Director of Medical Affairs for the Rehabilitation Center of Colorado Springs. Don retired in January 2000.
Don and Barbara shared a rich and rewarding life together. Along with their three children, they enjoyed extensive world travel and all the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer. Upon retirement, Don fulfilled a lifelong dream of following in his brother Nick's footsteps by earning his pilot's license. Don's greatest passion was golf, which he played with family and friends as often as possible. He established lasting friendships through his involvement with The Syndicate Investment Club, the Broadmoor Rotary Club, and the Broadmoor Community Church. He was an active member of the church for 57 years serving as moderator, serving on numerous board and committees and singing in the choir. He will always be remembered for his ease in connecting with people, for the friendships he developed wherever he went, and for his infectious smile and laugh.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Nick Gazibara, his sister Ann Gazibara Croushore and Ann's husband Don Croushore. Don is survived by his wife of 64 years Barbara, their children Jill (Tom) Schoblaski, Dale (Jim) Bumanglag, Joel (Tracey) Gazibara, grandchildren Alissa (Ian) Johnson, Emily (Mike) Herbst, and great-grandchildren Lucas, Jude, and Caleb Johnson. He is also survived by his sister's children Bruce, Susie, Paul and Carl Croushore, their spouses and children.
A memorial service will be held at the Broadmoor Community Church Saturday January 22nd at 2:00 PM. Gifts in Don's memory may be made to the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave CSC 80906), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mtn Zoo Rd CSC 80906), Westside Cares (2808 W Colorado Ave CSC 80904).
Published by The Gazette from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2021.