Don grew up and attended school in the Fisk, Missouri, area. He was united in marriage to Norma Pettypool on July 11, 1951. Five children were born to this union. They made their home in Norwood, Missouri, area for several years.
Don was self-employed for many years and enjoyed working on equipment. He also liked visiting with his many friends. He was known to have an outgoing personality and generous spirit to those around him.
He was a kind and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbor and friend. He was very proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Watson, and a grandson, Erik Dabbs.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Dabbs of their home; four sons, Steve Dabbs and wife Juanita of Norwood, Michael Dabbs of Norwood, Jeffrey Dabbs and wife Kathy of Elk Creek, Missouri, and Kevin Dabbs and wife Marilynn of Springfield, Missouri; one daughter, Carolyn Smith of Norwood; three brothers, Kenneth Dabbs and wife Lena of Potosi, Missouri, Vernon Dabbs and wife Carol of Montgomery, Illinois, and Billy Dabbs and wife Linda of Arizona; two sisters, May Marshall and Brenda Harrison of Aurora, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Herbert Pettypool of Beebe, Arkansas; a sister-in-law, Wanda Stanton of East Alton, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.
A visitation was held on Sunday, August 19, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel. Mr. Dabbs was cremated and burial will be at a later date in Thomas Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.