Harold Zane Dobbs
1926 - 2006
"4-23-1926 to 1-18-2006"
was born in Littlefield, Texas on April 23, 1926.
He was the first child of Eva Cox and Gains Dobbs, and older
brother of Linda Dobbs Hyatt. They were raised by their grandparents
much of the time while their parents led a nomadic life selling
their talents as artistic painters during the Great Depression.
Zane lived amongst his uncles as though they were brothers.
Zane fought during WW II. He saw some intense combat, and then
worked at a base where solders went for R&R. Despite being
extremely disappointed by the fact that he signed up for the air
force, but then was drafted into the army, he made the best of
his military career and really enjoyed much of the experience.
Zane was an entrepreneur. He founded the company Scamper Jacks;
it was with this company that Zane invented the first hydraulic
camper jack. His company built an excellent product. Later, he
went on to own a smaller tool and die shop. People often said
he did excellent work creating superb products.
In 1952 Zane met Genevieve Tishy as she waited on him at a small
diner in New York. They married, moved to California, and had
three daughters: Darlene, Debby, and Diane. It was during this
seven year marriage that his business began to boom. He became
an exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge in West Covina. He was a champion
marksman and hunter. He was amongst the original nine Americans
who discovered the sportsman’s joy of the Rio Hardy River
in Baja California. They were the first to acquire 99 year leases
opening the way to a southward movement of summer homes and water
fun in Mexico.
Zane taught his girls to love life and breath in adventure. He
taught them to water ski, ride motorcycles, drive cars, shoot
and care for guns, think logically, and to be compassionate. After
the marriage ended he never failed to be a part of their lives.
Finally at age 60 he met the love of his life, Cherry Elsea,
mother of Guy and Melinda Elsea. Zane and Cherry were married
20 years. Cherry, Guy and Melinda added to Zane’s life in
many ways. It is fair to say he nearly became a different person
through their love and dedication. Zane was a caring stepfather.
He hired and trained Guy Henry as a machinist and guided Melinda
as she made her way toward becoming a teacher. Cherry cared for
Zane with love and kindness right up to his last breath.
Zane was an excellent grandfather and he leaves a sweet legacy:
Husband to Cherry
Father to Darlene, Debby, and Diane
Stepfather to Guy and Melinda
Grandfather to John, Traci, Christy, Joey, Jasmine, Journey, Julia,
Father-in-Law to Maria
Brother to Linda
Brother-in-law to Orland
Cousin to Loreen
In short he was an inventor, an entrepreneur, a tool and die
maker, a businessman, student of the universe, traveler, an adventurist,
a sportsman, champion marksman and Exalted Ruler of the Elks.