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Quail Dobbs, 72, rodeo clown of 35 years became Texas judge

FILE - This file phoprovided by Marv'Quail' Dobbs  Marv'Quail' Dobbs left fellow rodeo clown Wick Peth laugh after heavy

FILE - This file photo provided by Marvin "Quail" Dobbs, Marvin "Quail" Dobbs, left, and fellow rodeo clown Wick Peth laugh after a heavy rain turned the arena in Cheyenne, Wy., into a muddy mess. 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)

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Updated: January 22, 2014 10:57PM



COAHOMA, Texas — Quail Dobbs, who spent 35 years as a rodeo clown before becoming a judge in West Texas, has died.

Mr. 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.

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

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



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