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Sonny P. Cobble, M.D.

1939 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Orthopaedic surgeon, dies at 71.

Sonny P. Cobble, M.D., died of natural causes Friday August 27th while peacefully napping in his Rancho Palos Verdes home. Born June 1, 1939 on the plains of Lyons, Kansas, to Sonny and Jeannette Cobble, he was raised in Winfield, Kansas. With full academic scholarships, he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine from Kansas University. During this time, he met and married Joan Faulconer, his wife of 46 years. In 1965, they moved to Columbus, Ohio for his general surgeon internship and birth of their first daughter, Kimberly, in 1966. The following year, he began his residency at the University of Kansas. Dr. Cobble was drafted in 1967 and served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army at the 249th General Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, caring for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. It was here he found his calling as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Upon his return to the states, he completed his Orthopaedic residency at the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage of Dr. Donald O'Donoghue, a national expert in arthroscopy. Their second daughter, Stephanie was born in 1969. In 1972, he moved his family to Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and began a twenty-three year career at Orthopaedic Hospital specializing in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Board certified in Orthopaedics, he served on the staff of California, St. Vincent's, Queen of Angels, and LA County Hospitals. Besides a successful private practice, Dr. Cobble volunteered as Director of the Sport Medicine Clinic, where he weekly treated patients and performed surgeries fulfilling the mission of Orthopaedic Hospital, to serve children regardless of ability to pay. As a nationally recognized physician, he was sought out as an expert by various media outlets including Good Morning America, Today Show, People Magazine, L.A. Times, Time Magazine and Reader's Digest. He also presented at University of Southern California, the Academy of Family Practice and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. As an avid athlete, Dr. Cobble took great pride volunteering as the team physician for the 1980 Olympic Ski Camp. He was then asked to be the attending physician for the 1984 Olympic Basketball competition. If asked however, Dr. Cobble would say that his time as the sideline physician for Redondo Beach Union High School were his most enjoyable. Dr. Cobble served as the Medical Commissioner of the City of Los Angeles Marathon for the first nine years, while developing, organizing and implementing the inaugural LA Leggers Marathon Training Program. Later, he replicated his success with the Los Angeles Roadrunners. Additionally, he established InShape, a detailed fitness program that was affiliated with the Downtown YMCA. His dedication and excellence in teaching were recognized throughout his career, including Outstanding Teacher from the University of Southern California, Department of Family Practice. Sonny and Joan moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1994 where he joined Medical Care Associates of Tulsa where he received Outstanding Patient Service Award all three years he practiced there. His last year of practice was at Kaiser Permanente in Kansas City. June 1998 represented two milestones, Dr. Cobble's retirement from the practice of medicine and the graduation of his daughter, Stephanie, from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In 2004, his eldest daughter, Kimberly, followed the call of medicine and became a Register Nurse. In 2000, he returned with his wife to California where he continued his passion for travel, photography and volunteering at Neighborhood Church. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughters, Kimberly and Stephanie; son-in-law, Paul Wheeler; and 3 grandchildren, Trevor, Conner and Skyler; his sister, Rosemary Kirby, PhD; brother, Jan Cobble DDS (Susie); brother-in-law, Forrest Faulconer (Maria); nephews Rex Coad (Jill), Rusty Coad (Julie), Dane Cobble (Karen), Ryan Faulconer; and nieces, Kristin Cobble, Kristen Faulconer.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 31, 2010
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