John H. Gilbert

Jul 18, 1942 - Feb 20, 2021

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


John Holly Gilbert, 78, passed away surrounded by his family on February 20, 2021.

John is survived by his sister, Dixie Fletcher (Tom), two sons Chris (Naomi) and Troy (Carrie), grandchildren Makenzy, Kacy, Kyle and Jake and step-grandchildren Raymond and Savannah Gallo.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Susanne Gilbert.

John was born on July 18, 1942 in Sacramento, CA, to Greenland and Dixie Gilbert.  He graduated from Grant High School in 1960 and started working the night shift at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) where he met the love of his life, Susanne.  John attended American River Junior College and graduated in 1966.  John continued his career with the DMV where he reached the level of Deputy Chief.  He retired in 2001 after 41 years of service.

John enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, photography and cars.  His passion was his 1964 Pontiac GTO.  As the original owner, John took immense pride in restoring and driving his GTO.  John was also an active member of the Northern California GTO Club.

John will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation on John’s behalf to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


  • Dave Sliper says:

    John was a good friend and always enjoyed chatting with him at our GTO Club meeting. He was always friendly and kind to everyone. He will be truly missed!

  • Larry Wilson says:

    John was a kind and generous man. Always willing to help out a friend or club member. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him.
    RIP John.

  • Robin Kurth says:

    What a kind man. I was blessed to spend a lot of time with him.

  • Jane McCurry says:

    John was a good friend and super person to know. He touched many lives with his friendship. John will be missed by all. Rest In Peace my GTO Buddy!

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