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Cary Nathan Dabbs

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cary Nathan Dabbs, age 71, on April 28, 2024, in his home in Inyokern, California.

Cary met the love of his life, Faith, at the age of 14 in 1966. They dated through high school and wed in August 1972. The couple had three children: Cary Michael Dabbs, Kellee Michele Clodt, and Candice April Henden.

Cary Dabbs

Cary worked at the chemical plant in Trona for 22 years. He was very active in the men’s fast-pitch and women’s slow-pitch softball leagues. He was always the life of every party and loved making the people around him laugh. He had a generous heart and always gave where he could.

Cary and Faith started their own business, Rainbow Vacuums, in 1998. They moved to Bakersfield, where they spent the next ten years. In 2008, they returned to Ridgecrest to be closer to family, especially their grandchildren. Cary was a very active spectator and cheerleader for all the grandchildren’s sports and events. He often posted videos and pictures, no matter the quality, because he was always so proud to share them with everyone.

He retired in 2019 from NAVFAC Public Works and Faith followed him in retirement shortly after in 2020. They spent the next four years between Atascadero and Ridgecrest following their grandchildren’s sports and activities.

Cary always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger—to know him was to love him. His family is so honored to have been blessed with him as a Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Uncle, Papa, Great-Papa, and most of all, Friend. We will love and miss him always but will never forget him for the legacy that he has left behind.

Cary is survived by his wife Faith Dabbs, sister Cheryl Polley, daughters Kellee Clodt and Candice Henden, daughter-in-law Crissy Dabbs, 10 grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Dabbs, mother, Geraldine Challenor, and son Cary Michael Dabbs.

There will be a Celebration of Life on June 29 at 1pm at the Elks Lodge. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Cancer Society for colon and breast cancer research.