He was born Oct. 1, 1961, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Jimmy and Patricia Gwinn. He graduated from high school in Pasco, Wash., and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980. For 20 years, he faithfully served the country he loved. He retired from the military with full honors, having served in the Iran Crisis, the Persian Gulf War and many other sea service deployments. After retirement, he served in the honor guard for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Jimmy moved with his family to Powell in 1998 where he began working in the construction field. He enjoyed being in the mountains, camping, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Gillette where he enjoyed singing and helping with service projects.
Jimmy will be truly missed by his family and friends. He will be remembered as a man who would stop what he was doing to help even a stranger with whatever needed to be done.
Survivors include his son, Justin Matthew Gwinn, and daughter, Sierra Esther Gwinn of Powell; his parents, Jimmy and Patricia Gwinn of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; four brothers, Larry (Julie) Gwinn of Olympia, Wash., Bill (Linda) Gwinn of Kennewick, Wash., John Gwinn of San Diego, Calif., and Rick Gwinn of Victorville, Calif.; and the mother of his children, Laura Gwinn of Powell; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his fraternal and maternal grandparents.
Those who wish to make a memorial contribution for the education of Jimmy’s two children may do so at First National Bank & Trust in Powell.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Faith Lutheran Church in Powell, with Pastor Clyde Seifert officiating.