Veteran Texas Rodeo Clown Dies At 72

COAHOMA (January 17, 2014) Quail Dobbs, who spent 35 years as a rodeo clown before becoming a justice of the peace in West Texas, has died at the age of 72.

Dobbs died Wednesday at his home in Coahoma.

His wife, Judy Dobbs, said Friday that her husband had Parkinson's disease and other health issues.

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.

He 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.