After a 45-year career in broadcasting across the West, KTVB weatherman Larry Gebert died Friday night, according to the news station. He was 65 years old.
Gebert suffered complications from a heart attack, but was “surrounded by his loving family” and “passed away peacefully”, according to KTVB.
“We will remember him for all of this, but we will always love him for his heart, kindness, support, friendship and dedication,” the KTVB staff wrote. “There will simply never be another like him.”
Gebert joined NewsChannel 7 from Idaho in 1992, but began his career in 1977 while completing his studies at Carroll College in Montana. He worked in the Montana area as a sports reporter and news director until 1983 when he moved to Boise.
Gebert leaves behind his wife, Julie, three sons and two daughters-in-law. He adored his family and would have “waterskied across the Atlantic Ocean if any of them needed anything,” according to KTVB.
Just a few years ago, local business owner Scott Burney got the Idaho legend tattooed on his thigh, which Gebert praised at the time and said he s it was a “real tattoo”.
Hours after news broke of Gebert’s death, hundreds of people took to social media to remember the meteorologist.
“Sadly, some people leave holes in our lives so big they will never be filled,” Idaho Governor Brad Little said on Twitter. “Larry was a part of our Idaho community and in the homes of many of our families every morning through his on-air work. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. »
Lisa Sánchez, a member of the Boise City Council, remembered Gebert during an interview promoting Girl Scouts about 15 years ago. Sánchez said Gebert “always works to support the important work of local nonprofits.”
KTVB reiterated that sentiment, remembering him as a philanthropist and “a man of great charity.” Gebert — who was 6ft 6in tall — would put on his “khakis and sneakers and go wherever a nonprofit organization needed his help,” KTVB said.
Each year, Gebert was known to host, host, or be the auctioneer for dozens of fundraisers throughout Treasure Valley — helping 86 different events a year, according to KTVB.
“He set the standard for all of us to be very engaged in our community, not just covering our community,” KTVB said. “He was the personification of KTVB’s commitment to community service. We will honor Larry by continuing this level of commitment.
Details regarding Gebert’s lifetime service celebration are expected to be announced in the coming days, but cards can be delivered to KTVB. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Gebert’s honor can donate to the 7Cares Idaho Shares fund.
This story was originally published April 2, 2022 3:34 p.m.