Dan Jobin, 66, passed from this life on January 4, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His service will be at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Strode Funeral Home in Stillwater.
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He was born on February 20, 1953 in Fresno, California to Philip Joseph and Joanne Stuart McClellan Jobin. He married May Joy Jobin on April 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dan was truly a unique and special individual. He was born and raised in Fresno, California and had an early love for mechanics and learning how things worked. Dan was a quiet and easygoing sort of person, yet he always had an abundance of friends. Early on he learned the value of having a good work ethic from both his parents. His heart was really with mechanics, a trait he shared with his dad. He and Phil spent many happy hours together tinkering on projects, along with Dan’s childhood friends. They started with small engines and worked their way up from mini bikes to Volkswagens and pretty much anything they could get their wrenches on.
After high school he attended DeVry University and in the 1970’s started following what would become a lifetime passion for car audio. He opened a shop in Fresno California called the Autosound Lab in 1980, and with the help of his friends and staff built a 1965 Karmann Ghia which was probably his best-known project car. It was featured in many books and magazines, and is still relevant and recognized today amongst Volkswagen lovers worldwide. After his time at the shop had run its course, he took a position with Linear in Northern California. He was familiar with their products and had partnered with them on his show vehicles, so it was a reasonable next step in his journey.
A few years later Dan surprised his family by announcing a move to Stillwater Oklahoma to work for Kicker/Stillwater designs. It was a bold move, and it meant packing up everything he owned to move far off and away from his friends and family. This didn’t slow him down, and true to his nature Dan really made a place for himself in Oklahoma both professionally and socially. He worked in many different departments at Kicker including sales, research and development and a variety of technical areas. For many years he traveled the world, and made an impact around the globe. He visited countless cities in exotic places, making friends everywhere. He was very interested in other cultures and enjoyed observing their traditions and sampling their cuisine. He went to trade shows and vendors and was on the road with his fellow Kicker employees so much that they were very much like brothers. They trusted and relied on each other in a very special way, and for so many years they were truly family.
Dan enjoyed many hobbies in his free time. He loved motorcycles, and owned several. He would often go on rides with his buddies, touring the countryside. He had a soft spot for “obsolete” things…. Like 8 track players. He would collect old equipment and repair it, and then sell it online to other people who had similar appreciation for vintage and hard to find items. He loved Coca Cola memorabilia, and also collected Harley Davidson T-shirts from all over the country. He especially liked shirts with a breast pocket, so that he had a place to keep his glasses. Dan built many projects. He would sometimes spend years putting a project together from the ground up, each component painstakingly put together piece by piece. Once it was done, he would sell it and move on to the next. His passion wasn’t in owning things, it was in creating something from nothing. His reward was all the hours and anticipation, and the path along the way. The story of how he brought a project along was far more interesting to him than what happened to it after it was complete.
As time went on Dan began to feel that he had seen so many amazing things, and been to all these interesting places…yet he had an empty space in his life that had started to bug him. He no longer wanted to be on the road all the time, and return to an empty house. His heart was made full when he started corresponding with a beautiful lady from the Philippines who later became his wife. Her name is Joy, and that suited her well because she definitely brought Joy to his life. They traveled together and shared so much in their years together. Through prayer and more than a little luck, they were blessed to have twins born. Zach and Zayah gave Dan and Joy that missing piece that they had been seeking.
Dan is now free from this world, and while we grieve the loss of this amazing man, we are glad to know that he is released from the pain and effects of his declining health. We will remember him as he wanted to be remembered- for his great sense of humor, his incredible mind, his generosity, and his works of kindness and love. Though he is gone from this world of today, he is with us forever in our memories and dreams of tomorrow.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Joy, children, Zachary Daniel, and Zayah Mayriel Jobin; his sisters, Nancy Jobin, and Patricia Schreyer; niece, Anastacia (Douglas) Bopp; nephews, Bronson Pullen, Graham (Yountti) Kenville, and Joseph Schreyer.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in his name to the Zachary and Zayah Jobin Educational Fund c/o Simmons Bank, 608 S. Main, Stillwater, OK 74074.
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