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Rick Gibson retires from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension this week after a career of nearly 40 years in the Pinal County office. Besides helping countless people directly with gardening and landscape questions, he reached many thousands through a column he wrote for this newspaper for many years and by training Master Gardeners. He taught everyone how to make plants thrive in the desert environment of central Arizona.

Gibson, a longtime director of the Pinal office, received many accolades including being named to the hall of fame for his national organization. He has served many years on the board of Central Arizona College, the place where he began his higher education. He joined the Pinal office in 1981 and earlier served in the Army. He has served his church extensively and in many other ways as well.

Rick Gibson has made Pinal County a better place, and we can only hope for more citizens like him.

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