Meet a Westside Pioneer!
Guy Dobbin

What kind of career have you had?
I worked for Crissey Fowler Lumber for almost 30 years. I’ve been president of Moore & Moore Moving and Storage since 2001. I’m a past president of the Pikes Peak Range Riders and current president of Latigo, a project of the PPRR.

Guy Dobbin sits astride his horse Dempsey in Penrose Stadium during a Pikes Peak Range Riders performance in the mid-'90s.
Courtesy of Guy Dobbin
Can you tell us about your marriage?

I married a Colorado native from Denver. We met at Adams State College and we’ve been married 35 years. Her name is Carol (maiden name Abell).

Did you have children?
Two daughters, Kelli Shultz and Sandy Evans, who both live on the Westside.

Emma, who is Sandy’s daughter.

Any of your family members still here?
My aunt Marion and cousin Marty (Martha). Both reside on the Westside and always have for the most part. Marty’s parents, Dave and Phyllis, owned Dobbin Grocery, which was across from Whittier School during the ‘50s and early ‘60s.

Guy’s college 1974 graduation, from left, (back row) his dad, Archie, Guy, Gregg; (front row) Carol, Marion, Lucille.
Courtesy of Guy Dobbin
Can you tell us about your grandparents/parents?

My grandparents, Archie and Iva Dobbin, moved here from Oklahoma in the early 30’s with their five children including my father Guy. My mother Lucille (Fowler) was born in Woodland Park. Her grandmother, Gilla Pollitt, moved to Colorado with her family by wagon train in 1888. She and James Lewis McDole married in 1904 in Colorado Springs. He was an attorney and later gave up a law practice to mine gold in Cripple Creek. My father Guy worked for Crissey Fowler Lumber as an outside salesman from 1952-1981. He was at the Air Force Academy practically full time during its construction, working with the contractors and selling materials for its construction.

Guy and Gregg in football gear.
Courtesy of Guy Dobbin
What are your best memories of growing up on the Westside?

Being able to walk or ride my bike down to Old Colorado City and going to Duckwalls, Rexall Drug and Empire Supermarket. Going to the ice cream store at 15th and Colorado. Practicing football for the YAL Wolfpack at Thorndale Park. Playing softball for the Cub Scout Pack 24 team. Going horseback riding with friends and riding from 21st Street and Hagerman, where the horses were kept, up into the surrounding area (what is now known as Bear Creek Park and Red Rock Canyon Open Space) and beyond.

What is gone from the Westside now that you wish had stayed?
Some of the shops that were in Old Colorado City. Of course, Rogers Bar and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I rode my horse in the parade for many years with the Range Rider Pivots.

Guy, his mom and baby Gregg at Balanced Rock in 1956.
Courtesy of Guy Dobbin
What has stayed that you wish had gone?

I can’t think of anything. Some of the establishments that left were replaced with equal or better ones.

How about the way things have changed? I believe the population of Colorado Springs was around 50,000 when I was born, so there has been an enormous increase in the population, traffic, and everything that goes with it.

Grandparents Archie and Iva with Guy’s dad’s siblings before he was born.
Courtesy of Guy Dobbin
Overall, is the Westside better or worse than when you were a kid here?

It is still the same in many ways. It is a close-knit community where you know all your neighbors. Many of the people I grew up with still live on the Westside and I see them. I also keep in contact with some of the people my parents grew up with.

“Meet a Westside Pioneer” interviews people who were born, raised and still live on the Colorado Springs Westside. If you meet that criteria (or know someone who does), please give us a call at 471-6776.