Monday, June 18, 2007
Born April 21, 1942, in Denver, Gaubatz graduated from Colorado State University in 1964 with a bachelor's in physics and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1967. The next year, Gaubatz married Kathy Dall. ''We loved each other until the second I kissed him goodbye,'' Kathy Gaubatz said. The couple's only son, Daniel, died unexpectedly, in his sleep 12 years ago. Kathy said that after her son's death, Gaubatz became a surrogate father to some young men who had rocky relationships with their own fathers or whose fathers had passed away. ''John was a giant in his heart, as well as in his profession,'' she said.