Joel Foster Dobbs, born July 25,1934, in San Pedro, Calif., a resident of Dolan Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at The Gardens in Kingman. The cause of death was Mantel Cell Lymphoma.
Joel lived in San Diego County in the city of El Cajon for 57 years and moved to Dolan Springs in January of 2001.
He was employed and retired after 25 years from the city of El Cajon, Calif., as a heavy equipment operator. Previous employment was with the federal and state Forestry in California. He went to college at Lassen County Forestry College and San Diego County Junior College.
Military service was with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict where he earned the National Defense Service Medal and an Army Occupational Medal.
He was in the Army reserve, California Military District for eight years. He was chaplain of Veterans of Foreign War Post 9833 in Dolan Springs. He was a member of the NRA and a member of Early Days Gas Engines and Tractor Association, Branch 22.
Joel enjoyed fishing on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. He loved old cars and tractors, hunting and camping and really enjoyed helping kids in the Indian Y-Guide program of the YMCA and the AWANA program of El Cajon.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Lanciano; his father, Joseph F. Dobbs; and sister, Dorothy Contreras, all of El Cajon. Those who are alive and remain on this earth are his wife of 50-1/2 years, Marlene Underwood Dobbs, who married Joel on Jan. 30, 1959. The children born to them are Sandra Lynn Dobbs Winterberger of Transfer, Pa, and Randal Foster Dobbs of Houston.
He is also survived by his sister, Jane Dobbs Morbello of Santee, Calif., aunt, Grace Lanciano of San Francisco; one precious granddaughter, Heidi L. Winterberger, and her set of twins, William Tiger Winterberger and Jonathan Davis Winterberger of Transfer; and many beautiful cousins, nieces and nephews, too many to name.
Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman; the service will start at 6. Interment will be at noon Oct. 2, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nev.