Bruce Ray Dabling
December 2, 1921 – February 2, 2018
Dr. Bruce Ray Dabling, 96, peacefully returned to the God who gave him life Friday Feb. 2 in South Jordan. A WWII veteran, pioneering optometrist, and devoted husband and father, he passed away surrounded by family members who love him.
Bruce was raised in Provo where he attended BY High, met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Helen (whom he affectionately called “Shapey”), and developed his lifelong love for BYU. At BY High, Bruce was known for his academic achievement, athletic prowess, and raging six-pack abs that would make his wife-to-be swoon and his grandsons jealous.
Bruce earned his wings and served honorably in the Army Air Forces during the Second World War, primarily training pilots serving on the European and Pacific fronts. Bruce was traveling home one weekend from training when he was told along the way that he was heading to his own wedding that his bride-to-be had planned without his knowledge. Bruce readily agreed, and the two were happily married 58 years before she passed away in 2002.
Following the war, Bruce and Helen began their family, and he earned his doctorate in optometry from Pacific University. He later opened his own practice in Ogden where he cared for patients for 38 years and helped pioneer the use of contact lenses and other innovative procedures that benefited the Ogden community.
Ogden was Bruce’s home for nearly 60 years. He and Helen were active in the community, cheering on the Wildcats and leading several efforts to aid local schools, the Presbyterian Church, and individuals with disabilities. Healthy till his final year, he cared for friends in his neighborhood, visited nearby widows, and shoveled their driveways.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Lora, his wife, Helen, and his daughter Nikkie. He is survived by his sons Charlie (Jeri), Ralph (Mary Jo), Paul, and John, 13 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. He was a mountain of a man and the sturdy pillar of the Dabling family. He was singularly devoted to his family through his last days. He will be celebrated by all who were blessed by his expert eye care, the richness of his laugh, or the depth and steadiness of his love. He died with dignity, and those he loved are living witnesses to the goodness of his life.
His funeral will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1626 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at wasatchlawn.com.Bruce Ray Dabling Dec. 2 1921 — Feb. 2 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, February 8, 2018
Bruce Ray Dabling
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June 10, 2018
I've thinking about this wonderful man since many years have passed since I've seen him and knowing he must be advancing In years. He was an important person in my growing up years. In 1965 Dr Dabling told my mother that hard contacts would slow down the progression of my near sightedness. I was only 15 at the time and very anxious to dump my coke bottle glasses. He was right. He took care of my eyes for many years and as I matured I felt like we had become good friends as well.
I am happy to see that he enjoyed a long life and I wanted to express my gratitude for his importance in my life to his family.
February 11, 2018
Condolences to Dr. Dabling's family. We had the opportunity to know Bruce for a few years and always looked forward to his visits. His conversation and sense of humor always made us smile. To Bruce we say, "Happy Journeys", you have certainly earned it. Jeanne Wilson (and Anna) Tax Service.
February 7, 2018
Worked for Dr Dabling at Standard Optical early to mid 1960s he fit me with my first pair of contact lens which I still have wonderful man
February 6, 2018
I am grateful to Dr. Dabling who first saw a problem with my retinas and sent me to an MD who performed laser surgery on them and saved my sight. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Dabling. My sincere condolences to the family.
February 6, 2018
To the Dablings God has called your father home for time and eternity his contributions to his family and serving his country are a great legacy to his life. Reading his obituary was very enlightening and I know you are so proud to be a part of his life. I know you have so many memories to reflect on and memories is Gods way of sustaining us as we wait our turn to return to be with our Creator Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Love Trenton Spears
February 6, 2018
Dr. Dabling fitted me with me very first (hard plastic) contacts when I was in Junior High in the mid-late 60s. My condolences to the family, and peace through Christ Jesus.
February 5, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. As time passes may you find peace in the memories you share, and comfort from the hope that God is close to the broken-hearted.