Marcus Lee Dobbs

October 22, 1958February 17, 2021

Marcus (Mark) Lee Dobbs, 62, of Houston, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mark was born in Midland, Texas to James and Billy Dobbs. At a young age he moved with his family to Irving, Texas, and then later to Houston, where he attended high school at Spring Woods High School. He was active in Boy Scouts, debate and the high school marching band.

Mark attended Baylor University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1981. He also completed his law degree at Baylor, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 and was admitted to the Texas Bar that same year. He was admitted to the District of Columbia bar in 1988.

After graduation Mark served as a congressional aid to U.S. Congressman Bill Archer.

Mark was an active member and Deacon of Spring Woods Baptist Church. That is where he met his future wife, Janet Brown. They were married in June of 1999.

He worked in the Houston City Attorney’s office for 26 years practicing labor law and often spoke fondly of the friends and coworkers he had associated with there. Mark was a voracious reader, enjoyed spending time with family and was a fierce competitor in Trivial Pursuit.

He was a leader in his neighborhood civic association and for the last few years enjoyed volunteering at the Alley Theater in downtown Houston

In his later years, Mark also became more active in his church with a passion for developing the church library and documenting the church’s history.

Mark is survived by his wife of 22 years, Janet Dobbs; his Father, James Dobbs of Houston, Texas; and his brother, Steve Dobbs of Austin, Texas and his wife Deborah Dobbs.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 at Waltrip Funeral Directors. Funeral services are scheduled for 12 Noon, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Spring Woods Baptist Church, 10131 Emnora Lane, Houston, Texas 77080, Pastor Jerry Mayfield, officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, in Hillcrest Memorial Garden, Orange, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.


28 February


2:00 pm

Hillcrest Memorial Gardens

4560 State Highway 87
Orange, Texas 77630


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Jane Hope

February 27, 2021

Over the many years that I knew Mark, I could not do anything but appreciate the passion with which he did so many different activities. Although we always tried to be forward thinking in our church librarian's organization, Mark could always suggest something different and new and creative that we could be doing as an additional ministry tool. And, he was quick to supply the information needed for any of us to participate in that venture. He will be missed by a wide range of people, including a good group of church librarians. Our prayers will be with his wife and family members during this difficult time.

Stan McBee

February 27, 2021

To the wife family and friends of Mark;
my wife Ann and I share many happy memories of Mark; from having him greet us at the chapel door as a deacon to fond times in the singles sunday school class and lunch afterwards; he was also a groomsman at our wedding; please accept our deepest condolences and know we held him in the highest regard.

Stan & Ann McBee
Houston TX

Stephanie Staggs

February 26, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. Mark loved you very much and always looked forward to spending time with you. You were the Love of his Life.

Denise Healy

February 25, 2021

Mark was a prince of a man and enriched our lives. He was the most generous man I have ever known. People were routinely surprised when a special book, helpful tool, or fun game was delivered from him. He listened to people and knew what they would enjoy. No wonder he and Jan found each other! In our twenty-two years of friendship, I never heard them say a cross word to each other. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on. Bill, Denise, and Shane Healy

Jerry Mayfield

February 25, 2021

I have served along side of Mark for 13 years as Pastor of Spring Woods Baptist Church. He was always on the look out for a good joke to share with me or another Commentary to complete my collection. He enjoyed being light hearted but he definitely had a serious side as well. Ministry requires both, a time to laugh and a time to mourn. He required no notoriety or acknowledgement for his willingness to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, his pastor, fellow deacons or his beloved church members. He was always preparing communion service, compiling and revising deacon training materials, as well as helping to arrange methods to present teaching materials and seminars. He often reminded me not to do anything to injure myself while on the job because I would require a worker’s comp claim and the deacons and others member would not (haha). I am grateful that my life has been enhanced by his service to me. Even as I write this, smiles come to my face with each remembrance. I will miss him. I am shocked that he is gone. RIP my dear brother, glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ!

Todd Thornton

February 23, 2021

I remember Marcus from hi school social studies he was the nerdy kinda geeky guy but always so animated and funny . Marcus was always giving our liberialteacher a hard time about being a member of the John Burch society . I just remember Marcus lighting up the room as I'm sure he did where ever he went. Godspeed Marcus I'm sure you'll make a lasting impression amongst the angels

Lydia Hurta

February 22, 2021

Dean and I are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family. May God bless you and keep you.
Lydia Hurta


February 22, 2021


Nancy Kison

February 21, 2021

On behalf of the Spring Woods Class of 1977, we are all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Marcus. Many classmates have left their sympathy, comfort and remembrances on our class Facebook page. God's peace and comfort be with all who loved Marcus.