It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen- the Berlin Candy Bomber. Gail passed away peacefully last evening, February 16, 2022, at 8:32 pm MST at Utah Valley Hospital after a brief illness. He was surrounded by most of his children. Funeral arrangements are pending.
I last saw Gail a few days ago with BG Dave Fountain. Gail was in high spirits and gave the short video clip interview posted below. He wanted to remind all of us to have gratitude; and gratitude we have in our hearts today for the joy of knowing Gail and having him in our lives. Gail brought light wherever he went- from war-torn Berlin in 1948 to the remote isles of the Pacific in the 1990s to the skies over Utah in 2019. Gail would be the first to say that he wasn’t the source of the light, but only a reflector of light- the Light from above. Gail was a man of deep and certain faith: faith in God, faith in his country, and faith in his friends. We shall miss him dearly, but sweet memories shall ever be with us to soften our hearts and encourage us to be better, to do good with whatever small means we have, and to encourage others to bring sweetness to the world.
God bless you Gail, and your family too. Rest easy, skipper- we’ll take the controls now for a season and bring the plane safely home…as you always did, bringing light and joy to all in our flightpath.