Laurence Dale Dobbs
21 February 1940 - 22 April 2018
Well we are happy to report that Dad has traveled across that great divide to be in glory land. No more tears, no more pain, no longer tired. By Gods amazing grace he is finally at rest in the place we call heaven. Right now he is getting the tour around heaven with a cup of coffee in his hand laughing, cutting up, and telling stories with his siblings June, Laverne, and Aubrey and his son James Mark Dobbs.
Well, what can you say about a Dad who taught his children to ride a bike, shoot a rifle, read a deer track, drive an old truck out on a dirt road. Words can't express all the lessons on working hard, giving 110%, sticking up for yourself or a brother/sister. Or the times, he showed us how to swing from a rope swing, lasso a sibling, hike a steep hill, or use that low gear in the jeep on a steep hill. Looking out at the stars on a summer evening as only the stars can be so bright out on the New Mexico desert. Lessons continued into our adult years as he set the example of being married to his one true sweetheart for 58 years, the patience, persistence and gentleness only he could show.
All those that knew him were blessed to know a great person.
So of course, he was born at a very early age in Tularosa, NM to Mark & Gladys Ruth (Evans) Dobbs. He eloped to Juarez, Mexico to marry Bobbie Ruth Richards also of Tularosa on 7 June 1959. Upon their return, both parents refused to recognize a marriage certificate they couldn’t read and demanded they marry again (10 June) so that a “proper” marriage certificate could be had. Dale and Bobbie sure showed ‘em, that elopement stood the test of time.
Dad loved to write, draw and do an occasional oil painting which adorns the walls of family and friends. He could tell a tale or two if one sat still and listened, of brothers, sons, and an occasional supernatural story if one dared ask. Dad was an avid reader. He also was an active member in his church. He served as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was a student of the Bible. He worked most of 49 years at White Sands Missile Range. When he had free time he loved to roam Lincoln National forest in search of fossils, artifacts, and the awesome views with the forever cup of coffee in his hand.
The rest of us are awaiting the time when Jesus calls us home so that we too can give Dad a hug, and get our heavenly tour: Wife Bobbie Dobbs of Graham, Tx; daughter Dawn Riley and husband Gary of Graham, Tx; son Michael Dobbs and wife Melinda of Lebanon, IL.; Grandchildren Lauren, Donna, James, Dillon, Caroline and Aaron, and great grandchildren Kynsliegh and Weston, and numerous nieces and Steven.
One last thing, I think Dad would want you to know that John 3:16 is real and if you’re not 100% sure you’re going to heaven contact any of us and we'll take the bible and show you how.
A memorial service will be Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Westlake Chapel at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas.