Mitchell Duane Dobbins passed away March 26, 2014. “Mick” was a loving family man who was committed to providing fire safety to the residents of Hagerstown. He was the president of Western Enterprise Volunteer Fire Company #4 in Hagerstown’s west end.
Born July 26, 1948, to the late Raymond Edward Dobbins and Leah Elizabeth Blickenstaff Dobbins, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as a machinist mate on a destroyer during the Vietnam Era. He retired from Jamison Door Co. after 31 years of service.
Mick had a long career as a firefighter. He followed his father, “Ray” Dobbins, into the fire service, joining the Antietam Fire Company in September 1964 at age 16. Mick devoted his time there to running calls, helping with fundraising events, and attending meetings and trainings. For years, he helped run the bingo tent at fire company carnivals. Later in life, he joined the Western Enterprise Volunteer Fire Co. #4, where he served as president for three years until his death. He was at the fire house daily, completing tasks to keep operations running smoothly. Mick was instrumental in establishing a substation in the west end of Hagerstown for an ambulance and in starting the process for the company to acquire a new ladder truck.
Mick had a lot of love for his children and grandchildren and treated everyone at Western Enterprise Fire Co. like they were family. An honest, giving man who served his country and community, Micke enjoyed spending time with his loving family and friends and serving others. He liked watching the Redskins with his sons, going to NASCAR races, playing bingo, bowling, and hunting. Mitchell was a member of Funkstown American Legion Post 211, Vietnam Veterans Last Man’s Club, Washington County AMVETS Post 10, Conococheague Tribe 84 Improved Order of the Red Men, Williamsport Moose Lodge 2462, and North American Rod and Gun Club.
Mick leaves his loving wife, Anna V. Hill-Dobbins; his children, Shawn, Brandon, Jonathan (fiancée Peyton), Elizabeth (husband Steve), Stephanie, and Jenny; grandchildren, Lily, Leah, Aubrey, Ava, Bailey, Logan, Lindsey, Josh, and Corey; great-grandson, Keaton; sister, Linda; brother, Dennis; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mick left a huge impact on everyone who knew him.. His legacy lives on through his family and in the fire service community. Mick was a kind man with a big heart. He did anything he could to help others.