Chief Warrant Officer 3 George Geoffrey (Geoff) Laubhan lost his life on Feb. 2, 2021, when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed while on an Idaho Army National Guard training mission.
Geoff was born on Feb. 13, 1981, to George and Terry (Stanton) Laubhan in Nampa, Idaho. Geoff grew up in Middleton, Idaho. At an early age, Geoff began going on hunting trips with his dad. He was an Eagle Scout and participated in football, track and band, graduating from Middleton High School in 1999. Geoff attended Boise State University. He owned a landscape curbing company for several years.
In 2010, Geoff enlisted in the Idaho Army National Guard as an AH-64 attack helicopter repairer with D Company, 1st Battalion of the 183rd Aviation Regiment. This started his journey to becoming an aviator. Over the next few years he attended various school for both the AH-64D Apache and the UH-60 A/L Black Hawk Helicopters. He became a pilot instructor and used his skills to support Operation Beyond the Horizon in Guatemala. -
In 2020, he became a pilot instructor. Geoff also flew a lifesaving mission in support of Idaho Search and Rescue Operations and supported wildland firefighting operations in California. During his service, Geoff received many awards and decorations.
Geoff was an avid Boise State football fan, and as the Broncos’ fame grew, so did his dedication to the team. He followed them to many games, including Hawaii in 2007. BSU may have lost the game, but Geoff got his bride. He proposed to Jen Myklegard there; they married in August 2008. Daughter Jillian was born June 19, 2011, and son Connor arrived on August 17, 2016.
Geoff and his family loved the out-of-doors and headed for the mountains every chance they had. Winters were spent skiing and riding on snowmobiles, summers brought camping and fishing—all the time creating many good memories with family and friends.
Geoff is survived by his wife, Jen, children Jillian and Connor, his parents George and Terry Laubhan, and sister Lindsay (Hernan) Hernandez, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at noon MST in C130 Hanger Building 1530 at Gowen Field, followed by burial at 3 p.m. MST at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery 3, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd, Boise. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Geoff’s life from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Glenwood Country Plaza, 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City.
The Myklegard family has set up a GoFundMe site at https://www.gofundme.com to raise money for Jillian’s and Connor’s education fund.
Geoff will be forever missed by his family, friends, and the entire National Guard community. Please hold them in your hearts and prayers.
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