David Glenn Mobley


(Dec. 7, 2008)

Former Powell resident, David Glenn Mobley, 78, died in Spokane, Wash., Sunday, Dec.7, due to complications from cancer of the esophagus.

David grew up during the Great Depression, living in the dry part of the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming before Sunshine Reservoir.  He always hated cooked dried beans as a result.

He was born Nov. 16, 1930, and raised by his parents, Glenn and Marita Mobley, at their farm near Otto.  He graduated from Greybull High School in 1948 and the University of Wyoming.  He worked for newspapers in Wolf Point, Mont., and Sheridan, prior to working for Wyoming Wildlife Magazine in Cheyenne.  He became a Game Warden in 1961 and served as Game Warden in Dubois, Cody, and Powell. Sunlight Basin was his favorite posting, and there he experienced the happiest times of his life.    He was promoted to supervisor in Laramie in 1976 where he worked until his retirement.  He lived in Bandon, Ore., and Medical Lake, Wash., after his retirement.

He loved newspapers and often had subscriptions to several at a time.  He could be relied upon for timely commentary on politics, stock market results, and wolf reintroduction.

David married his college sweetheart, Marlene, in Pinedale, in 1956. During their time in Powell, she was a reporter for the Powell Tribune.

They had two children, Curtis and Karen. They enjoyed travel, cooking, and a long history of driving around on dirt roads with binoculars, fly rods, and picnic baskets.

David was able to spot a fawn in tall grass at 300 yards and could give a decent estimate of a herd of cattle or elk from the air or from a truck.  He loved public policy. With age, he developed compassion for the infirm and for a time drove the Senior Citizen Bus and delivered Meals on Wheels.  He was a Lion and was very proud his volunteer work.  He could be relied on for an emergency loan and for always having jumper cables.   He loved cats, drinking coffee with his buddies, and very long car trips.  He was a great master of ceremonies and a good story teller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce; his wife, Marlene; and son Curtis.  His survivors include his daughter, Karen Mobley of Spokane., Wash.; his brother, Charles (Bill) of Lovelock, Nev.; sister, Carol Daniels and husband Don of Spokane, Wash.; three nieces, two nephews and numerous cousins and friends.

Following cremation, there will be no formal memorial service. His ashes will be scattered at his favorite elk refuge.  If you feel you would like to do something in his memory, please go out for breakfast, go fishing, donate to a habitat protection project or a compassionate cause.