Jayson and Debby Shobe are the owners of Moccasin Mountain Art Gallery and Shobe Auction and Realty Company. In 1991, they opened the doors to their first downtown Shobe Auction office and began offering local artists a chance to display and sell their work, benefitting both the Shobe Auction office decor and the artists. Soon people were dropping in to see if Jayson and Debby could frame their kid’s baseball picture, a baby announcement, or their grandma’s wedding portrait.
Jayson grew up on a farm/ranch operation close to New Town, North Dakota. For a number of years he owned and operated Shobe Diagnostic Lab in Lewistown, serving both medical doctors and veterinarians. Jayson was a popular square dance caller, spending weekends on the road, traveling throughout Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Canada. He continues to call and teach square dance classes in Lewistown.
Debby grew up in Kolin, a farming community 23 miles northwest of Lewistown. She taught for 11 years in various Montana elementary schools, starting first in Paradise, then Red Lodge, and then three central Montana rural schools. Debby and Jayson were married in 1979 and their three children grew up working in the family businesses.
Their oldest son Kyle, a graduate of the ag program at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, is now a partner in Shobe Auction and Realty. He also heads up a country band, Kyle Shobe and the Walk’em Boys, and is a renowned rodeo announcer. In 2010, Kyle was named winner of the LMA’s World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Oklahoma City. From that he has taken his auctioneer career to livestock production sales throughout the region, including the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming & Idaho. His wife Jodie has a nursing degree and together they have four children, ages 10 years, 8 years, 4 years and 18 months.
The Shobe’s younger son Justin graduated from Concordia Lutheran College in Moorehead, MN, then worked 3-1/2 years as a paramedic and field supervisor with an ambulance company based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated in August of 2016 as a PA (Physician’s Assistant) from the University of Washington’s MEDEX program in Spokane. He is now employed by the Neuroscience and Spine Institute at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana. His wife Julie specializes as a diabetes educator. They became parents in January of this year to a daughter. Justin is the drummer for the Walk’em Boys band and has been known to entertain during the summer months as a rodeo clown.
Jayson and Debby’s daughter Kari Beth also graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, and spent the next two years volunteer teaching at a Catholic retreat center for youth near London, England. She then returned to Minnesota where she worked various jobs and was active in youth leadership programs. In 2014, she married Whit Weingart, a rancher from the Winnett area; they have both since completed further college degrees at the University of New Mexico in Las Cruces. She is currently teaching a 3rd-4th grade class in Springfield, Minnesota, where Whit is employed by a cattle-buying corporation.