Gary Lee Dobbins Sr., 81, of Greeley, Colorado passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022, at UCHealth Greeley Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a future date and will be held at the First Christian Church where Gary and Kay are members. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund are suggested.
Gary was born March 8, 1941, to James W. and Shirley V. (Fowler) Dobbins in Holyoke, Colorado. They moved to the sandhills of Nebraska where he graduated from Burwell High School in 1958. He attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska where he met the love of his life, Kay Loree Adams from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. They were married June 12, 1960, in Scottsbluff. Gary graduated with a BA in Vocal Music Education in 1963. He taught in Kennesaw and Broken Bow, Nebraska; Sioux Center, Iowa; and Mitchell, Nebraska. He received his MA in Music Education from UNC, Greeley in 1970 while teaching at Broken Bow. In 1984, he became a Boy Scout professional for Longs Peak Council, Greeley. In 1999, Gary and Kay moved to The Woodlands, Texas and assisted their daughter and son-in-law with his chiropractic business. While in Texas, they both taught math classes for Lone Star College, Montgomery County. In 2011, they retired in Greeley. Gary has sung with and/or directed numerous Community and Church choirs during his life. The most recent ones were directing the Keenage Singers form the Active Adult Center and singing in the First Christian Church choir. He also enjoyed playing golf and Pokémon.
Gary is survived by his wife, Kay of Greeley; two children: Suzanne Brandt (Wade) of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Gary Jr. (Leslie) of Longmont, Colorado; 4 grandchildren: Alexis (Brandt) Peterson (Frank) of Rapid City, SD; Amy Brandt of Sioux Falls, SD; Joshua Dobbins (Courtney) of Longmont; and Courtney Dobbins of Denver; one great grandchild: Deacon Peterson.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jim Dobbins.
A Life Celebration service will take place at the First Christian Church on Saturday, June 18th, 2022 at 10:30 AM.