Obituary of Donald Robison
Donald Glen Robison, 86, passed away April 24, 2017at the Oregon Veteran's
in The Dalles, Oregon. He was born April 29, 1931 at The Dalles Hospital in The Dalles, Oregon to Irwin C. and Glady Neoma (Case) Robison.
Donald married Dorothy (Blackburne) Peterson on September 10, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Goldendale, Washington. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1952. Don had several careers over his lifetime, including parts manager for Jim Fisher dealership in Portland and Heinrich Motors in Hillsboro, service manager for Frank H. Parks Marine Electronics and Progress Electronics in Portland, a real estate agent for Lutz Snyder in Hillsboro, and was self-employed as a well water tester, appliance repairman, estate and antique sales and appraisals, property manager and yacht broker. Mr. Robison was a mason and a member of the Parkrose Lodge. For the last 15 years, Don was a docent at the Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. He also helped to build replicas of Neuport aircraft for the 100th anniversary of the Kittyhawk flight. He loved to fly and held a private pilot license.
He loved antiquing and fixing cars. He also became an expert watch and clock repairman, grew tomatoes, fished every time he could, and collected pictures of his Klickitat County home. He lived his early years and many of his "golden" years at the family property in Maryhill, WA, which he still owns. His family will remember his love of stories.
He had a story for everything from building the Maryhill ferry, to transporting equipment during the Korean War, to finding dynamite in a property his company was selling. We also remember his love of chocolate chip cookies, and his kindness. "Because it's the right thing to do" were words that he lived by. His kindness and helpfulness will be missed every day.
Don is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy "Dottie" Peterson of Grand Ronde, Oregon; daughter Christine (Robison) Hoyt of Portland; son Stephen G. Robison and Michele (Ohme) of Beaverton; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lester I. Robison and his son, Michael K. Robison.
There will be a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with a memorial service beginning at 4 p.m. at Maryhill Church in Maryhill, Washington.