Ex-rodeo clown Quail Dobbs, 72, dies in West Texas

In this 1970 file photo provided by Marvin "Quail" Dobbs, Marvin "Quail" Dobbs is lifted by a bull during a rodeo in Hill City, Kansas. Dobbs, who spent 35 years as a rodeo clown before becoming a judge in West Texas, has died. He was 72. (AP Photo/Marvin Quail Dobbs, File)

January 17, 2014 12:56:14 PM PST
Quail Dobbs, who spent 35 years as a rodeo clown before becoming a judge in West Texas, has died.

Dobbs died Wednesday at his home in Coahoma. Judy Dobbs said Friday that her husband had Parkinson's disease and other health issues. He was 72.

Dobbs retired as a rodeo clown at the end of 1998. The following year took office as a justice of the peace in Howard County.

Dobbs, whose gags included a pretend hat-cleaning operation, was inducted into the Colorado-based ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2002. Dobbs was also a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring.

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