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Former Houston Livestock Show Official, Don Jobes passes

published: August 17th 2015
source: Jobes Family

Don T. Jobes, Jr., age 86, passed away on August 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Rocksprings, Texas to Don Temple Jobes, Sr. and Frances Marie Goodwin.
      As a young man he worked on ranches in West Texas, where he developed his love for cattle and agriculture. He continued his love for the livestock industry in high school where he was active in the FFA and 4-H programs in Alpine, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Sul Ross University in 1953 and received his Master's in Agricultural Education at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1954. He did post-graduate work at Texas A & M University.
     Jobes taught vocational agriculture at Cypress-Fairbanks High School for nine years before joining the Texas Education Agency in Austin, Texas where he supervised agriculture teachers across the state. In 1956, he was named the executive secretary for the state association of FFA. He also served as livestock superintendent for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HSLR) during this time. On January 1, 1967,        Jobes joined the HLSR as assistant general manager where he served for 31 years.
      He retired to his J7 Ranch near East Bernard, Texas in 1998 where he raised registered Red Brangus cattle. He produced both show and commercial Red Brangus cattle and was largely responsible for introducing the International Red Brangus Show to Houston. In 2014 he was honored by the International Red Brangus Breeders (IRBBA) with the lifetime achievement award.
     He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Mary Helen Jobes; daughter, Carrie Jobes Hitchcock and her husband Bob; son, Casey Jobes and wife Debra; daughter, Julie Ray Dunn; son, Robert Lee Dunn Jr. and his wife Rhonda; seven granddaughters, two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two half sisters, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Jack Jobes and his parents.
         Services were held Wednesday, August 19 at the Allison Funeral Home, Liberty, Texas.

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