Maurice Dean (Sonny) Gilbert of Tolleson passed away November 17, 2018 after a long illness. He was born in San Antonio, TX, July 26, 1938, when he was 6 months old he moved with his family to Arizona. He grew up and lived in central Phoenix and graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1956. After High school he enlisted in the Marines, serving his boot camp in Florida and then was stationed in San Diego serving six years. Dean is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Pearline, his son Stevie; his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Dean is survived by two sons, David & Phil Gilbert and two daughters Brenda Busse and her husband Billy, and Gail Gilbert. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Dean was self-employed and was a successful businessman. He was a licensed contractor and owned and operated "Dean Drywall" and "Gilbert Building Materials". He loved fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. A Memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Mercy Hill Church, 745 W. Fillmore St. Phoenix, AZ 85007.
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