It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time AFC member (2004), Mel Dobson.
Melvin 'Mel' Wood Dobson passed away July 21, 2016 in St Ignatius, Montana. He was the eighth son, born at home, on November 1, 1934 to Lula and Leon Dobson in Holden, Utah. Holden was his home, on the family farm, until he completed high school.
He was preceded in death by both parents and six brothers; Don, Evan, Myron, Clifford, Earl and Lester Dobson. Mel was a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mel is survived by his wife, Sunnie Jones Dobson at their home in Polson, Montana, and five children born to his first wife, Carolyn Dobson: Kim M (Pam) and Jeffery Shan, Olympia, WA, Teresa 'Teri' Lyn (Hal Enerson) Port Angeles, WA and Laurie Ray Correa (Hector) Murrieta, Ca and Darren Scott Dobson (Sondra) Olympia, WA.
He left three step sons: Roger B Hutchins (Myakka) of Cottonwood, Arizona, Bryan C Hutchins (Jamie) Whitefish, and Steve Hutchins (Irene) of Columbia Falls, Montana. He was blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Lowell Dobson (Shirley) of Spanish Fork, Utah, is his only surviving brother.
His career spanned many decades, he was with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for eighteen years. Mel then spent over four decades from 1971, as a nationally and internationally recognized professional wildlife artist. He owned "Wolfwalker Galleries" in Sedona Arizona for fifteen years and retired to Polson, Montana in 2004.
Traveling extensively in East Africa, Mel also spent time in the Pantanal of Brazil and visited Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. There were many trips to British Columbia and he spent time in the Yukon, Alaska and Alberta clear to the Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. His search was always for more knowledge of wildlife and habitats for use in his artwork and that remained his life's passion.
As a memorial to Mel, AFC is leaving his personal website active.