William “Bill” Eldon Mobley II, age 83, died peacefully at Redwood Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 9.  He was surrounded by family and close friends.

Bill was born on January 19, 1934 to Mary Findley and William Mobley.  He was preceded by his beloved wife Janelle (“Jan”).

Raised in Eureka, Bill grew up with 13 brothers and sisters. He attended Eureka High School, and, at 14, became the youngest journeyman meat cutter in the history of California. He spent his career as a meat cutter and businessman. He owned Myrtletown Market for many years and eventually started M&M Firewood, a business he embraced until the age of 82. An incredibly hard worker, Bill gave his heart to his work and the people he served.

Bill loved sports. He was an avid bowler, Secretary of the Bowling Association, and pitched in softball leagues for many years. He earned his pilot’s license at a young age and was a member of the Exchange Club of Arcata. Eager to see family whenever he could, Bill was instrumental and took great pride in carrying on Mobley/ Pasquini Family Reunions.

One of his greatest loves and legacies is his family.  He was father to Will (Anne) Mobley, Holly (Clay) Cunningham, and Rick (Carol) Mobley. He was grandfather to William “Donny” (Gina) Mobley, Sarah (Pete) Chapman, Eric Cunningham, Kristin (Rob) DeCou, and Erin (Lex) Squire.  One of his greatest joys was being with his great grandchildren: Cody Chapman (10), Bodin & Cash Mobley (4 & 8), and Hudson DeCou (14 months).

He also leaves behind sisters-in-law Dorothy Brown and Jan Thompkins, as well as many nieces and nephews: Lynne (Doug), Brenda (Joel), Bob (Sandy), Susanne (Richard), Mike (Tomi), Terry, Jim, Darrin, Larry (Sheryl), Chris (Susan), Mark, Terri (Jim), Katie (Bobby), Tom (Holly), Meg and all of their children and grandchildren. In addition, those he considered family: Marvin and Barb Remington, Larry Tucker, Audrey Davis, Chris Andersen-Brady, Gabe and Aaron Bishop, and his countless friends and firewood customers, too many to name here.

A celebration of life will be held at Trinity Lake in the Summer of 2018. This will be an opportunity to honor Bill’s life and legacy on the family houseboat, where he spent 40+ years doing what he enjoyed most, being with family and friends. We will all miss his sense of humor and stories.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to Hospice of Humboldt. He and wife Jan were well cared for in their last days, and his family would like to help make that same care and support available to others.


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