Born: Sun., Sep. 14, 1947
Died: Tue., Jul. 24, 2018

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Thu., Aug. 02, 2018
Location: Memorial Baptist Church

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Wheatland Mayor, Joseph John Fabian, 70, the son of Thomas and Isabel (Rizzi) Fabian, was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on Sunday, September 14, 1947.  After battling cancer for two years, he died at Platte County Memorial Hospital in the arms of his caring wife, Linda, and his dear brother, Brent, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
Joe was raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduating from East High School in 1966.  He went to the University of Wyoming before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1968.   Joe served on the USS Dahlgren and the USS Rickett as a sonar technician on major antisubmarine warfare systems.  At the Naval Base in San Diego he was an instructor at the Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center.  He always credited his military service as having taught him the skills that eventually landed him a job with the Laramie River Station in 1978, from which he retired in 2010.  
In 1992 Joe met the love of his life, Linda Rollins, in Cheyenne.  They married on August 27, 1994 and their blended family included one son and three daughters.  While still sustaining their mainstream jobs, Joe and Linda opened Dance Wyoming, a Wheatland studio that has served the town and its citizens for the last twenty years.  They were dance instructors and competed professionally on the dance circuit to events throughout the United States and Canada, creating a dance family of friends from around the world.  Joe’s technical skills gave him an opportunity to become a certified dance judge, a very challenging and rewarding job. They won a WORLD dance championship in 2011 and retired from competition to focus on growing the studio, and to take a more active role in the community, including renovating a historic building and living “upstairs downtown.”   As a member of the Wheatland Kiwanis Club, Joe served as co-chair of the club’s primary fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars.  He delighted in working with adult members of the community who were brave enough to sign on as competitors!  His dry sense of humor, oftentimes misunderstood, provided for many memorable times at the studio.  
Joe was a devout Christian who enjoyed teaching Bible doctrine and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Doctrine Theology from the Goldengate Seminary.  He loved teaching Sunday School at Memorial Baptist Church and delivering sermons when called upon.   Four years ago, he participated in a mission to South Africa; an opportunity that deeply touched him and became one of his fondest memories.  
In 2014 Joe successfully campaigned for Mayor of Wheatland, Wyoming, a position he held up until his death.  As its 29th mayor, Joe was deeply proud of his service to the community.  Under his leadership cost savings of more than $1.5 million dollars were realized and collected in the general fund; the Solid Waste Transfer Station project and many others were completed on time and under budget.   He took pride in dedicating himself as a full-time Mayor for the benefit of Wheatland and its citizens. He was in the throes of campaigning for re-election when his health declined causing him to make the difficult decision to withdraw.   The late stages of his illness didn’t stop him from fulfilling his duties as Mayor, even signing correspondence up until the day he passed.  Joe was so proud of the people he worked with at the Town and saw each of their potential.  He often said that serving as Mayor was one of the most important things he ever did, and his hope was that future leaders will continue moving the community forward.  The Town Council recently designated each July 9th as “Wheatland Mayor’s Day” in honor of Mayor Joe Fabian.  
Joe was an active member of the Wyoming State Main Street Advisory Board, Wyoming Association of Municipalities, Wyoming State Historical Society, Wheatland Kiwanis Club, Platte County Chamber, Platte County Main Street, and many others.
Joe is survived by his parents, Thomas and Isabel Fabian of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his wife, Linda; their four children, Kim (Rick) Amen of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Travis (Blythe) Rollins of Pullman, Washington, Leah Fabian of Casper, Wyoming, and Sara Fabian of Fort Laramie, Wyoming; seven grandchildren, Corey Amen, Heather Amen, Kadin Marcus, Samantha Evans, Luke Martinez, Honor Wickam, and Kylie Rae Rollins; brother, Brent (Susan) Fabian of Cheyenne, Wyoming; nephews, David (Shannon) Fabian of Fort Collins, Colorado and Matt (Annie) Fabian of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, Georgia (Jim) Moore of Douglas, Wyoming; a blended family of many other beloved nieces and nephews; and LOTS of Fabian cousins!  
Joe’s funeral services will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018, 10:30 A.M., at Memorial Baptist Church in Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor Craig Cagle officiating and military honors accorded by Laramie Peak VFW Post 3558 and Ora Call American Legion Post #10.  Inurnment will be at the Wheatland Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the Platte County Memorial Hospital Foundation, PO Box 1031, Wheatland, Wyoming 82201, or to the Wheatland Kiwanis Club Scholarship Fund in care of Erik Eddington, PO Box 703, Wheatland, Wyoming 82201.
Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Rick Tripp, Tim Olind, David Wessel, Thane Ashenhurst, Steve Peasley, Ty Battershell, Jeremy Haroldson, Bill Britz, Richard Johnson, Mick Mickelsen, Lyle Ramsey, Herschel Pruitt, Steve Parmley, Scott Bednasek, CA Thomas, Slick Seidel, and Rick Robbins.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Owen L Toth
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
Dear Linda and other family members and friends. I enjoyed getting to know Joe over the last four years as Mayor & the good that he has done for Wheatland. Sorry for your loss that came too fast, too soon. Respectfully, Owen.

Faye Price
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
Linda, I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He is in God's hands and will be smiling down on all the love he is receiving from everyone. I never had to the privilege of meeting him but from his obituary he was a very caring and loving husband and father. God Bless you all.

Faye Price

Doug Moench
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Linda. Take care of yourself in the days to come and may Joe Rest In Peace.

Eileen Sanders
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
May you and your family begin your new journey in sweet remembrance and love. God Bless my Silver Sister.

Patty Morrell
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
Dear Linda and Family..Blessings and prayers ..may precious memories with family and friends comfort you in this time of sorrow and loss..May the good Lord bless and keep you! So saddened by your loss.
Hugs, .Patty Morrell

Steve and Karen Smith
   Posted Fri July 27, 2018
Linda, we are so saddened by your loss of your husband Joe. Know that our prayers for strength and comfort are with you.

Terri Greulich
   Posted Sat July 28, 2018
Linda- finding the right words is difficult. I can't imagine how difficult it is to say goodbye to your best friend. You and Joe seemed to have so much in common both personally and professionally. You have a great family and community to hold you close and ease your pain. I wish I could be there for you, but know that you are in my heart and my thoughts.

Gary Anderson
   Posted Sat July 28, 2018
Our condolences for your loss.

Diana Hulme
   Posted Sun July 29, 2018
Linda, Randy and I express our deepest condolences to you and your family. Joe was a remarkable man. Sending you lover and hugs.

Tammie and Geoff Hoffman
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
All of our love and prayers to your family.

Rhonda Ruwart
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Bob and Rhonda Ruwart.

Rhonda Spier
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
Linda I am sorry for your loss. Though I did not meet Joe I'v known you for many years. I know he is in God's hands. Sending many blessings from an old friend.

Pat Doolittle
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018

May God continue to give you strength. I enjoyed going to school with Joe and dancing with you.

Chip and Susan Carlson
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
Linda, we're so sorry to hear of Joe's passing.
Our thoughts are with you.
Chip and Susan

Michael and Marion Jablin
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
Linda Just a note to let you know how bad we feel. Especially for you, Brent, Sue, and Isabel. If it were possible to transfer pain we would gladly do that to ease your burden. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may God Bless. Michael and Marion

Bill Peasley
   Posted Wed August 01, 2018
I was honored to call Joe a friend and proud he knew me. It was great to see Joe at the 50th reunion and glad I had a opportunity to talk to him sorry that it was on a limited time and a very noisy venue. Joe's dry sense of humor and quick wit was a stand out character that I will always remember. My sorrow extends to the entire family including the class of 1966 who will always remember this unique character.

Carolyn A Teter
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
Linda, the service for Joe today was so beautiful! It was a great tribute and send-off to his new eternal life with his Saviour. His faith was a blessing and inspiration, and the lives he touched was well witnessed by those who came to celebrate his life today. You are a dear, dear friend, and I know while the days ahead will be difficult, I know the wonderful memories you two shared will lighten your burden a great deal. Much love to you! Carolyn

Barb Jordan
   Posted Fri August 03, 2018
Dear Linda and Family, Wheatland was so lucky when you and Joe moved to Wheatland. He will be missed by so many. Take of you. Jim enjoyed working Joe too.

Kent & Betsy Yarbrough
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
Joe did much for the people in the community. He will be missed by many. His family should be very proud of him. Sympathy, warm thoughts & love to Linda and family.

Rick Hunnicutt
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
I have know Joe since high school. He was always a quiet and reserved kind of guy but quick witted. After high school life took us in different directions and locations. Even though I saw Joe only occasionally, we quickly reconnected as if we had seen each other just yesterday. I considered him to be a good friend. It's obvious that Joe used his God given talents through out life. He was a church and public leader and servant. He had a positive impact on many lives. He will be missed, but not forgotten. I too will miss seeing and talking to him during my remaining time on earth. May God comfort you and your family during this time of sorrow.

John Geiger
   Posted Sat August 11, 2018
My best wishes the family of Joe Fabian. I knew him at East. He was a fun person to be around and will be missed by all.

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