John Robinson Sr.

January 2, 2013 • Obituaries


On Jan. 2, 2013, John Douglas Robinson Sr. left his Earthly family and friends to go to his heavenly home with Jesus and those who have preceded him.

Doug’s life on Earth began in a small rural community in Grandview, Texas. He was born the youngest of five children on Nov. 10, 1923, to Luke O. Robinson and Allie Mae (Wallace) Robinson. He moved to Roswell in 1939 with his family and worked for the U.S. Civil Service Commission at the Roswell Army Air Field as an airplane and engine mechanic.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army in 1943. After training in automotive equipment mechanics, he was promoted to sergeant and worked as an automotive parts clerk and supervisor in Walla Walla, Wash. He returned to civilian life in 1946.

He spent the remainder of his long career as a parts clerk for a number of automotive businesses in Roswell: McNally Hall, Reliable Motors, Valley Chevrolet, Walker Chevrolet and a short stint at Roswell Ford. He was one of the best parts men there was and he made many friends along the way. We will all miss him very much.

Doug was preceded in death by his father and mother Luke and Allie Robinson; two brothers, Edgar and Donald Robinson; a sister and brother-in-law Nora Lee and JE Polson; a sister-in-law Audrey Robinson; and a great-granddaughter Brooklyn Jill Stark.

Doug is survived by his loving wife Louise, of the family home. He is also survived by two sons, John D. Robinson Jr. (Laverne), of Alamogordo, and Darrell Robinson (Laurie), of Tyler, Texas; five daughters, Ann Brustkern (Bob), of Iowa, Shirlene Arnold (Dave), Mary Dixon (Darrell) and Melissa Waltmire (Jason), all of Roswell, and Linda Jackson, of Washington; and one brother Marshall Robinson, of Clovis. Doug also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jason Waltmire, Darrell Dixon, John Robinson, Dustin McCormick, Jacob Reed and Wes Marr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dana Larou, Vernon Fenter, Henry Ogas, Albert Flores, Don Kendall, Paul Sorenson, John Lorch and Thurman Lester.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Melvin Suttle of First Assembly of God Church officiating. Interment to follow in South Park Cemetery, with military honors provided by Roswell Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may give their condolences online at

Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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