Dan Earl DuBose
Dec. 8, 1933 - May 21, 2013
Dan Earl DuBose, 79, passed away peacefully on May 21 surrounded by his family in Brawley, Calif. Dan was born Dec 8, 1933 in Caraway, Ark. to Wayne J. and Pauline (Pickens) DuBose. One of 8 children, he grew up on the farms and dusty roads of AR and MO working with his parents and siblings picking cotton and various other crops. The family eventually settled in Hastings, Neb. where they lived in a place known as Spencer Park, a former military housing village. In 1951, Dan graduated from Hastings High School where he lettered in Football and Gymnastics. After graduation Dan enlisted in the US Navy with his brother Wayne, serving 3 years of active duty during the Korean War and 3 years in the Naval Reserves. During his service he was stationed aboard the USS Essex aircraft carrier where he worked as a carpenter and firefighter.
While in the service, and docked in San Diego, Dan made several trips to visit his Aunt and Uncle who lived on First Street in Calexico and fell in love with the Valley, especially its lack of snow. After his discharge, he returned to Hastings and married Evelyn Noble on Jan 29, 1955. After a whirlwind honeymoon, driving from Hastings to Calexico by way of TX where they picked up one of his best friends, they landed in the Valley and he went to work for Victor Rodahl Construction. They settled in El Centro on West Main Street where they started their family with sons Thomas in March 1956 and Danny in Dec 1958. The family then relocated to Brawley in 1959 where he worked for Ray Wilson General Contractor. Daughters Jayne and Laurie soon followed in Sept 1960 and Dec 1961.
Dan eventually formed a partnership with Ray Wilson until he set out on his own starting his own business as Dan E. DuBose General Contractor in 1965. Over the years he worked on several construction projects throughout the Valley building or remodeling homes, apartments, commercial/office buildings, and industrial facilities. He eventually settled on his ultimate talents as a master craftsman building cabinets and furniture that can be found in numerous homes and offices throughout the Imperial Valley that will last for generations.
In addition to his work, Dan was a member of multiple service organizations including the Brawley 20/30 Club, Brawley Jaycees (Founding member), American Citizens Club, and the Elks Lodge in Brawley. He served as Commander and is a lifetime member of the various organizations of the American Legion, including Veterans of Foreign Wars and 40/8. For many years he umpired Brawley Little League Baseball and was a Boy Scout Volunteer serving as Scout Master in Brawley's Troup #25. Dan participated in the vigilante team that was part of the early days of the Cattle Call celebration. Dressed in western clothing, sporting his unique Van Dyke beard, a six-shooter filled with blanks, and a mobile jail, he could be seen on Main Street arresting fellow Brawleyites to be seen by "Judge" O.W. Wood Sr. for sentencing and fines to local charities. He also participated in several "shootouts" at the Cattle Call arena as a part of the rodeo performances against such western stars as James Drury and Clu Gulager.
Dan enjoyed hunting and fishing, and eventually learned all of Tunney Williams' secret fishing-hole spots in the Valley. His life's passion was pleasing his customers with his craftsmanship, but his greatest joy in life was raising his four children, and celebrating his grandchildren and great- granddaughters.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Sally and Beulah (Tom) Rumsey, brothers Wayne and John DuBose and brothers-in-law Mike Hayek and Raymond Noble. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Evelyn, sons Tom (Kathy) and Danny DuBose, daughters Jayne Rodriguez and Laurie (Teddy) Gibson, grandchildren Danielle (Jon), Danny Jr., Deidre (Mark), Nathan, Stephan, Mason, Diandra, Mariah and MaKenah, great grandchildren Ryleigh and Ramona. He is also survived by his twin sister Pearl (Guy) Rumsey, older sister Liz Hayek, younger brother Harvey (Sandy) DuBose and numerous nieces and nephews. Dan's beloved Cabinet Shop will be survived by his grandson Mason, who shares his grandfather's gift.
Memorial services will be held at Frye Chapel in Brawley on Tues May 28th at 10 am followed by graveside American Legion honors at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the IVC RN program in honor of the outstanding treatment Dan received from the Nursing staff at Pioneers Memorial Hospital.