Jayson married his wife Debby, the former Debby Heaton-Spika from Kolin, in 1979. A year later Jayson attended auction school, soon forming a personal property auction partnership with the late Ronnie Miller, who owned the Lewistown Stockyards at the time.
Under Doug Delaney's tutelage, Jayson earned his Real Estate License and within the next few years had also attained his Broker's License.
Square dancing and rodeos are two lifelong passions of the generous auctioneer.
In the past he has traveled extensively throughout Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Colorado, Saskatchewan and Alberta calling square dances. Although he has stepped back from traveling, he still heads up a square dancing group in Lewistown that meets once a week during the winter. Calling one night "barn dance" entertainment is something he especially enjoys.
For many years Jayson was involved in announcing local rodeos. It is this talent that has undoubtedly been the driving factor in his son Kyle's success as a rodeo announcer.
In addition to his passions, Jayson has always had an interest in western art. Certainly, this helps to fuel his enthusiasm for getting top dollar for the talented works created by the artists who participate in the C.M. Russell Quick Draw on rodeo weekend. About 25 years ago he and Debby began hanging framed art on their office walls, their intent to promote local artists. The Moccasin Mountain Art and Gifts business was born. Today their expanded selection of Montana art, both prints and originals, shares the walls of their gallery with the likes of Charlie Russell, Nancy Glazier, Tim Cox and Andy Thomas. Eventually they added a custom framing business and are currently on a continual search for quality Montana-made items for their unique gallery gift shop located in Lewistown.
The Shobes have three grown children: Kyle, Justin and Kari. Kyle partners with his dad in Shobe Auction and Realty and travels as a livestock auctioneer. He and his wife Jodie have four young children. Justin graduates this summer from physician's assistant training. He and his wife Julie will relocate to Kalispell, where he has accepted a position as a PA.
Justin and Kyle head up the Walk'em Boys country band and play in numerous venues in Montana and North Dakota. Their musical repertoire ranges from original written country pieces to time-tested and current-day genres.
Daughter Kari will earn her master's degree in elementary education from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces this fall. She lived and taught in England for two years before returning to school for a second degree. Currently, she and her husband, Whit Weingart of Winnett, are both working in Las Cruces.
Thank you, Jayson, for your part in making the annual Stampede Weekend in Stanford such a success.