Like many generations from his family, Gilman was born and raised in Central Point where the family worked in the dairy business.
Gilman died this week of leukemia, surrounded by loved ones.
Central Point Mayor Hank Williams said Gilman was a great man who will be missed.
“He was a good friend, and just a solid guy, his focus was on community and how do we make the community better, and he thought long term,” said Williams.
He also served as director of foster grandparents for Pacific Retirement Services.
Gilman represented the people of Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Crook counties in District 55 from 2003 to 2011. All of us at KOBI-TV NBC5 extend our deepest sympathies to Gilman’s family.