The industry loses Jon Hobein
Bus industry veteran and Trailways operator Kingsland “Jon” Hobein, Jr. passed away December 2, 2012 in Winter Park, FL, at age 69 following a lengthy illness.
Born in Seattle, WA, in 1943, Jon’s lifelong fascination with buses began at age 10. Hobein attended Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, where he drove charter buses part-time for Lake Shore Motor Coach Lines. After graduation from BYU, he served in the U.S. Army as a disc jockey for American Forces Radio. At the same time, he managed to drive part-time for Southeastern Trailways at the same time.
Following his military service, Hobein worked for a number of Trailways carriers that included American Buslines, Pacific Trailways, Capital Trailways of Pennsylvania and Tamiami Trails.
He and his family eventually acquired a bus company in Asheville, NC, that would later become Blue Ridge Trailways, which the Hobeins operated from 1979 to 1997.
Hobein continued in Florida as a consultant for other bus companies and he continued to drive both charter buses and big rigs.
Jon Hobein is survived by his adopted son and brother Lauren of Marshall, NC.