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J.D. Gibbs Honored at Memorial Service

The NASCAR family paid its respects to J.D. Gibbs on Friday, mourning a devoted father and team owner who touched many facets of the stock-car racing community.

J.D. Gibbs died Jan. 11 after a long-fought battle with a degenerative neurological condition. He followed his father, Coach Joe Gibbs, into a life immersed in sport, from football to extreme sports and ultimately to auto racing.

Though tears flowed freely during Friday’s service, there were many moments of levity as the congregation remembered J.D. Gibbs’ reputation as a practical joker and a rambunctious, fun-loving team member. A montage of light-hearted videos starring Gibbs played at the conclusion of the service as well-wishers formed long receiving lines to share their memories with the family.

But Gibbs was also remembered for his devotion to his religion and his family, a theme that resonated through the 90-minute service.

The team last week established the J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund to honor his memory and to benefit the Young Life Ministry, a non-profit organization that Gibbs supported for more than two decades on a local and national level.