Joseph Dobson passed away recently from complications after undergoing heart surgery. He is survived by his son, James Dobson, his daughter, Carly Jo; his grandchildren Drake and Ryder; his brother, Carl Dobson; and his mother, Janet Dobson. He was preceded in death by his father, John R. Dobson and his sister Jeanne Alina Milan. Joe was born in Los Angeles in 1954. When he was three years old, he moved to Los Altos with his family. He spent happy years growing up in the Santa Clara Valley when there were orchards and open space in which to roam. With his family and school friends, he enjoyed the outdoors. Hiking, back packing and skiing in the mountains became a central part of recreation throughout his life. When he was in his teens, he discovered his love of music, particularly the music of the guitar. He attended schools in Los Altos, then graduated from Awalt High School (now Mountain View H.S.). After graduation, he played professionally traveling in the west with several bands.