Mark Anthony Dobbs(1955 - 2013)

Mark Anthony Dobbs, 57

Mark Anthony Dobbs, 57, of Bull Shoals, Arkansas passed away tragically on Father's Day, June 16th, 2013.

The first son of Wiley Gale and Shirley Smith Dobbs, Mark was born in San Diego, California on September 6th, 1955. He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1973. Mark was enlisted in the Navy for six years, then enrolled at Arkansas State University, where he completed both a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a President's Scholar and Phi Kappa Phi.

Mark married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Cheryl, in January 1974 and they began their life together as a Navy family. Mark and Cheryl lived in many places, including California, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, through his career with the Navy and built many life long friendships. Mark was awarded multiple medals and commendations while serving in the Navy and achieved the rank of Captain before he retired after 28 years of service.

After he retired, Mark and Cheryl moved to Bull Shoals to live on the lake that they had enjoyed with family, children and grandchildren for over 30 years. He had many hobbies in retirement, including fishing, spending time with his children and grandchildren, writing, painting and Rotary. He had recently published two books, Fracked and a Universal Guide to Women. Fracked was based around the community he loved and where he was very involved. Mark spearheaded the visioning project for the city and joined Bull Shoals/Lakeview Rotary in 2007. Since joining Rotary, he has been named a Paul Harris fellow, Rotarian of the Year, President 2010-11, Assistant District Governor and most recently was chosen as District Governor Elect for 2015-16. He was a proud Rotarian.

Mark was a devoted and loving husband, a proud and supportive father, an adoring Poppa and a true friend and patriot. He will be missed more than words could describe but alive in our hearts and memories forever!

Mark is survived by his wife Cheryl Dobbs of Bull Shoals, AR; two daughters, Kristi Dobbs Christensen (Lennard) & Stephanie Dobbs Miller (Ryan) and grandchildren, Kieren & Cord Christensen all of Texas; mother, Shirley Dobbs of Springdale, AR; sister, Susan Gurley (Rick) of Huntsville, AR; and brothers, Danny Dobbs (Beverly) W. Monroe, LA and Marty Dobbs (Shawn) of Cleveland, TN.

A tribute to Mark's life will be held at a later date in Bull Shoals.

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services - Bull Shoals. Visit an online guestbook and obituary at


Funeral Home

Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services
717 Central Blvd Bull Shoals, AR 72619
(870) 445-4227

Published in Baxter Bulletin from July 12 to July 13, 2013