Preston Alva Gobble, 82, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Preston was loved by all who knew him. He was born to Preston Bartlett and Lucy Mae Gobble on Aug. 26, 1931, in Rock Springs, Texas. Preston graduated from high school in 1951, in Killeen, Texas. The same year, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. He left active duty in 1955. After returning from Korea, he moved to Colorado and met his wife, Lillis Mae Dixon. They had three children, Debbie, Ken and Diana Louise. The family moved to Farmington in 1972, when Preston transferred to the area with Safeway. Preston worked for Safeway for more than 20 years. After retiring and losing his wife, Lillis, Preston went on several mission trips visiting Honduras, England, Ireland and Western Samoa. Preston married Margaret Meadows in 2003. He recently worked as a chaplain visiting JW Services and Beehive Nursing Home.
Preston was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Louise; parents; wife, Lillis; and brothers, Robert "Bob" Gobble and Melvin Gobble.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; siblings, Mary Childers, Leta Mae Thomas, Susie DeBorde and John Ames; children, Debbie Murphy and Ken (Lauri) Gobble; step-children, Robert (Jan) Kirkwood and Deanna (Wayne) Paschal; grandchildren, Tyson (Tiffany) Gobble, Amanda (Cameron) Lundy, Michael (Anna) Murphy, Ariel Gobble and Alexandra Gobble; great-grandchildren, Kyla Lundy, Garrett Birzer, Kyle Murphy, Charley Garrett, Preston Gobble and Paige Murphy; and grand-dog, Bella.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Crossroads Community Church, 2400 N. Butler Ave. in Farmington.
Preston's care is entrusted to Alternative Choice, 804 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington, 505-325-9611. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
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Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 3 to Apr. 12, 2014