December 7th, 1933 - December 22nd, 2017
12-07-1933 to 12-22-2017
Grant Dobbs (84) passed peacefully at his home on Mann Creek in Weiser, Idaho on December 22, 2017.
Grant was born December 7, 1933, the third of four children, to Sylvester and Emma Marie Dobbs in Millville, Utah. The Dobbs’ were ranchers, and Grant became an integral part of the family ranching operation from a very young age. At the age of seven, Grant was tasked with driving the family’s cattle herd from the home ranch in Cornish, Utah to summer pasture in Soda Springs, Idaho with only his mother on the chuck wagon, and him horseback.
By the age of 16, Grant had garnered quite a following at the stock yards regarding his ability to ride rank horses and bulls, and he acquired his Cowboy Turtles Association (now known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) card by having Parley Hall, a rodeo stock contractor, state that he was of legal age, when he was only 16 years old. Grant traveled with Hall driving a truck and caring for the stock to earn his keep and make enough money to pay his entry fees at the rodeos, where he competed in bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Grant eventually began hitting the rodeo trail much harder, and quit working for Hall, and worked various odd jobs between shows like putting up hay, and he even worked packing lettuce into trucks in Arizona. Grant was pretty successful on the rodeo circuit, and in September 1957, he was sitting 3rd in the country going into the Pendleton Round-Up, and his dream of becoming a champion was coming to fruition. However, when Grant came out of chute #9 on his bull, a near fatal injury resulted in a broken back. Grant was told he may never walk again, and would never rodeo again, but he proved everyone wrong, entering in a rodeo in Denver after he was healed. When Grant was unable to walk out of the arena, he decided it was time to “hang-up his bullrope”.
Grant returned to the family ranch, which was now located in Challis, Idaho, and threw himself wholeheartedly into raising quality commercial cattle, and never even attended another rodeo as a spectator for over 25 years.
Grant met the love of his life, Mabel Glenn Dobbs, in 1984 when he changed banks, and became enamored with the new “Lady Banker” at his new bank. The couple had a brief courtship, and were married August 4, 1984, and began their life as a ranching pair for the next 33 years, running over 800 head of cattle in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon in the late 1980’s, with only the pair, Mabel’s youngest daughter, Zane, and occasionally some hired help. The couple liquidated their cattle herd in 1992, and relocated to the Mann Creek area, and began raising hay, but Grant missed the livestock, and procured a small herd in partnership with his daughter, Zane, and eventually branched out to raise bucking bulls for a while in a family business.
Grant retired from the day-to-day business in 2009, and it enabled Mabel and him to travel a bit more. They enjoyed rodeos and managed to make it to the Calgary Stampede once, and numerous PBR events with Mabel’s sister, Jewell Creigh. The couple also attended the Pendleton Round-Up every September that they were married, and nearly every December would find them in Las Vegas at the National Finals Rodeo.
Retirement also enabled Grant to attend numerous events that his grandchildren were involved in. Grant will be remembered as a tough as nails cowboy with a strong love of animals and a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather, with a big heart and a gentle soul.
Grant was preceded in death by both his parents, Sylvester and Marie, as well as both his older siblings, Clarence Dobbs and Lillian Amidan, and his step-son, Ron Glenn, Jr. Grant is survived by his wife, Mabel Dobbs, and his two step-daughters, Kim Wendelsdorf and Zane (Marshall) Davis, all of Weiser. Grant also had 6 grandchildren that he adored, Kayann Wendelsdorf, Carlie DeHart, Gregory (Shana) Wendelsdorf, Tim (Irene) Eiguren, CJ and Katie Davis, as well as 4 great grandchildren, Dakota and Jaycub Gammel, Aerolynn DeHart and Lakely Wendelsdorf.
Services for Grant will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 at Thomason Funeral Home in Weiser, Idaho at 10:00 a.m.