Mr. Tobin died on Jan. 3, 2013, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1937, to Joseph Dalton Tobin, Sr., of Guston and Mary Hulett Broadbent Tobin formerly of Cadiz.
Joseph Tobin attended Irvington Elementary and High Schools and the University of Kentucky, graduating in 1959 with a degree in accounting. Upon graduation, he operated Tobin Equipment Company in Irvington and managed the family farming operation in Breckinridge, Meade and Trigg counties.
In 1969, he became president of First State Bank in Irvington. Over successive years his efforts expanded First State Bank’s operations throughout Breckinridge County. In addition to farming and banking enterprises, he operated Tobin Insurance Agency with offices in Irvington and Hardinsburg.
In 1984, Mr. Tobin was the leading force behind the establishment of Meade County Bank in Brandenburg. The bank now has three locations throughout Meade County.
In 1986, Mr. Tobin led First Breckinridge Bancshares into a period of expansion when he acquired West Point Bank in Hardin County and River City Bank in Jefferson County. In 1993, the organization acquired Bank of Clarkson in Grayson County. Each bank has expanded its number of locations and service areas. The organization now consists of 18 offices in 5 counties of central Kentucky with total assets of approximately $900 million dollars.
In 1987, Mr. Tobin was named General Manager of Brandenburg Telephone Company, which provided telephone service to parts of Meade, Breckinridge and Hardin counties. Under his direction, the company has expanded its service territory and its services to include, internet, broadband and video services.
In partnership with other local telephone companies, Joe was a driving force behind the establishment of Bluegrass Cellular, which provides cellular telephone service to central Kentucky. He took great pride in insuring that the business with which he was associated provided prompt, efficient and quality service at reasonable prices.
Mr. Tobin was a loyal friend to many and a generous, thoughtful employer. He quietly contributed to many deserving individuals and causes.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Crawford of Brandenburg; one sister, Mary Ann Tobin of Irvington; three children, Allison Willoughby (and husband Dray) of Irvington, Toby Tobin (and wife Karen) of Brandenburg and Tom Tobin of Guston; six grandchildren, Tara, Dray Dalton, T.J., Kasey, Kristin and Blake; and one great-grandson, Mason.
The family prefers expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Mayo Clinic Program in Professionalism and Ethics, Department of Development Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
Online condolences may be left at www.irvingtonfh.com.