John Harold Tobin passed away Dec. 8, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 29, 1926, in Karnes City to Janie Bell and Harold Whetstone Tobin.
He is survived by his “one and only, forever and ever” wife of 59 years, Mary Jo Hollon Tobin of Wylie; his son, John Tobin Jr. of Houston; and his daughter, Julie Chaney and her husband Fred, of Dallas. John was the proud “PaPa” to his three adoring granddaughters, Melissa and Christine Chaney and Jennifer Vick and her husband Tanner, all of Dallas; he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Doyce Tobin of Windsor, Colo., and members of the Dehnisch, Hollon, Millikin and Porter families.
John’s family moved from Karnes City to Mathis his senior year, and he graduated from Mathis High School in 1943. John attended Texas A&M (Class of ‘47), joining the US Marine Corps in 1944 and graduating from A&M in December 1949. In 1953 he married Mary Jo (Jody) and began his career in banking, farming and ranching. In 1974 he started Century II Realty Inc., and brokered farm, ranch and residential properties and taught real estate at Bee County Jr. College. In 1985, John and Mary Jo moved to Dallas. John developed residential subdivisions in Allen and then developed the Twin Lakes Subdivision in Wylie where they built their home and have resided since 1989.
John was a member of the Bob Glaze Sunday School Class at Park Cities Baptist Church, where his memorial service was held in Ellis Chapel. A second service was held at Dobie Funeral Chapel in Mathis on Saturday, Dec. 15.
John will be remembered for his sense of humor, which he kept to the very end. He had such a love for life; he loved reading, working crossword puzzles with his granddaughters, letter writing, hunting with his son, fishing, the outdoors, and most of all, he loved his family.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. John Brooks, Dr. Frank Dehnisch, Dr. Jack Martin, and Diana Hurst.
Memorials may be made to Park Cities Baptist Church, P.O. Box 12068, Dallas, Texas 75225, or a charity of one’s choice.