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Man Killed By Avalanche Remembered By Loved Ones

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ABC/FOX Montana is learning more about Burton Kenneth Gibson, the man who was killed in an avalanche in Big Sky on Wednesday.

Gibson owned a motel in Bozeman for many years. For 12 years Frank Salgado has worked as the desk manager of the motel.

"His wife called me as soon as she found out," said Salgado.

He describes Gibson as a fun, loving, family man.

"He always had a smile on his face," said Salgado. "He was the type of person that made work fun."

Gibson lived in Bozeman with his wife and two sons. Salgado said Gibson was snowmobiling with his son and his son's friend in the Onion Basin near Eaglehead Mountain in Big Sky when he was buried and killed in the slide.

The two men located Gibson with their avalanche transceivers, uncovered him and Gibson's own son attempted CPR before notifying emergency responders.

"He was at the bottom of a ravine with another snowmobiler, which happened to be his son's friend when the avalanche caught them," said Salgado. "His son was not with them when they got caught."

He said Gibson loved the outdoors, especially snowmobiling.

"Snowmobiling was one of his hobbies in the winter time," said Salgado. "In the summertime, he liked to go up to the lake with his family."

Salgado said the family is extremely sad by the loss, especially his son who tried to save his dad's life.

"The boy manned up. He tried his best. He tried everything," said Salgado.

On Thursday morning, Gallatin County Search and Rescue recovered Gibson's body and brought it back to Bozeman.

Avalanche conditions were considered high in the Onion Basin where Gibson was killed in the slide.

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