Dobyns, Jerome (Jerry) M.
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passed away July 19, 2013. Born in 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida, Jerry was a long time resident of Phoenix. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a trained navigator on medium and long range bombers, including the B-26 "Marauder". At the end of WWII, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He was a member of the University of Notre Dame fencing team, and a four year varsity letterman. After graduating, Jerry began his career as an engineer for the US Rubber Corporation in Indiana and Chicago. He subsequently took a position with the Greyhound Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was responsible for the planning and development of bus terminals throughout the U.S. Jerry moved his family to Phoenix in 1976, and he shifted careers to the Greyhound Food Management operations, where he rose to the position of Vice President of Engineering for Viad Corp. He retired in 1987. Jerry continued working after retirement as an engineering consultant, helping manage and plan the park services at Glacier National Park in Montana. In the latter part of Jerry's life, he valiantly battled the debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease with courage and grace. Jerry was a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Jerry was an avid model airplane enthusiast throughout his life, and enjoyed designing, building, and flying his remote controlled airplanes. Jerry is survived by his wife, Doris of Phoenix, sons Chris, Bill, Joe, Steve, and John, and 8 grandchildren, and was preceded in death by his son, Chris Hogue. A memorial mass will be said for Jerry at St. Paul's Catholic Church at 330 W. Coral Gables, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Memorial contributions in Jerry's name may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. 1501 N.W. 9th Ave, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494,
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 23, 2013