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Dr. Wonzel Mack Mobley DDS, PS Obituary
Dr. Wonzel Mack Mobley, incredible father, devoted husband and beloved dentist in Seattle for over thirty-five years died peacefully at his home in San Diego on May 28, 2018 following a brief but brave battle with pancreatic cancer a few weeks after celebrating his 78th birthday.

Wonzel Mack Mobley was born on May 3, 1940 in Winter Garden, Florida, the eldest son of Sergeant Ernest Mobley and Mrs. Dorothy Bryant. As a child, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and ordered to remain in bed for nearly two years. The illness rendered him unable to attend elementary school and forced him to be home-schooled. During this time, Wonzel lived with his grandparents, Mrs. Florence Brinson and Mr. Bill Brinson at their home in Winter Garden, Florida.

Doctors informed his grandparents that he was destined to lead a sedentary life; however, each day, when they left the house, young Wonzel would secretly slip outside to run as hard and as fast as he could bear in order to build his strength. In doing so, he defied expectations and readily excelled in a number of sports, including baseball and basketball which he would play
in later school years.

He also possessed the gift of a near-encyclopedic memory, thanks in large part to listening to the radio each day while bed-ridden and becoming a voracious reader and ardent bookworm on a variety of subjects, including history, the arts and politics, all of which helped to expand his horizons beyond Winter Garden's borders.

Following his successful recovery, Wonzel traveled to White Plains, New York to reunite with his Mom and family. He returned to Winter Garden to attend Charles Drew High School where he became a top-notch student and star point guard on the basketball team. His academic and athletic prowess helped him earn a college scholarship to attend Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida where he majored in Biology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. While at FAMU, he became a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and remained proud of the Black & Gold throughout his life.

As a member of the U.S. Army ROTC Program, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and was sent to Fort Lewis in Tacoma,WA in 1963 where he enjoyed his first glimpse of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. During these years, he also worked for the City of Seattle as part of a water quality team that helped to clean up Lake Union.

Mobley was accepted to Howard University Dental School in Washington, D.C. and graduated in 1970. He returned to Seattle to open his first dental practice on East Union Street in 1971. Dr. Mobley purchased a house on Mercer Island where he maintained his residency for over 40 years. He remained a fixture in the Seattle area and was fondly considered by his patients to be one of the coolest dentists ever known, in addition to being an incredibly skilled, highly intelligent man with a penchant for making everyone smile, thanks to his charm, good humor and upbeat disposition. Dr. Mobley relocated his dental practice to 1001 Broadway where he remained in business until 2012 when he announced his retirement.

Dr. Mobley was a long time member of several prominent professional organizations including The American Dental Association, The Washington State Dental Association and The Seattle King County Dental Society. One of his greatest pleasures beyond time with his family and friends was doing volunteer work with those less fortunate. He routinely participated in dental clinics with non-profit organizations and offered free dental work to those in need, especially minorities and children.

An avid lover of sports, Mobley was a diehard Seattle SuperSonics and Seattle Seahawks fan who also stayed in top athletic shape throughout his life. He loved golf and could regularly be found playing early morning rounds at Jefferson Park Golf Course on weekends and in several tournaments in Tumwater, Alderbrook and Salish Lodge. He equally enjoyed playing tennis at The Tennis Center and skiing at Stevens Pass and other area resorts in the Cascade Mountains.

Dr. Mobley had a great passion for jazz music and could often be heard humming a tune from a Blue Note track, reciting a line from any number of ballads or frequenting a late night set at Jazz Alley to see local and international jazz musicians alike. For many years, he sat on the Board of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

Throughout his life, Dr. Mobley loved foreign sports cars and owned more than a few classics, including a 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 (in which he made two cross country road trips from D.C. to Seattle), a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, a 1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 and a 1969 Lamborghini Islero that he also drove cross-country from Florida to Washington. He thoroughly enjoyed his professional and personal life in the Seattle area and could often be seen zipping across the I-90 Bridge to Seattle or the East Side in a car as iconic as he.

Dr. Mobley was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Bryant and Sgt. Ernest Mobley, his step-mother, Freddie Mobley, and two brothers, Sherwood A. Mobley and Dwight Bryant.

He leaves behind his large loving family including his wife,Kristin Louise Mobley, his children Wonzel Jr, Charlene, Erika and Diron Mobley (Cristina), his stepson, George, his grandchildren Colin,Avery and Devin, his siblings, Eleanor M. Solomon, Carolyn Mobley-Bowie, Marylen M.J. Temple, Louis, Sam, Janice, Jeffrey and Bruce Bryant and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

We will long treasure his loving kindness, wisdom, his indomitable optimism, his razor-sharp wit and his unconditional generosity.

At Dr. Mobley's request, there will be no memorial service in Seattle. A small family ceremony will be held in Winter Garden, Florida where he chose to make his final resting place.

Sign Dr. Mobley's on-line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com
Published in The Seattle Times from June 2 to July 1, 2018
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