2016-04-07 / Obituaries

Glenn Robinson

Glenn Howard Robinson of Mariposa passed away peacefully at home

Wednesday, April 30 in the arms of his wife of 73 years, Betty Robinson.

Glenn’s passing ends a life that began in 1921 in Huron, S.D. and continued in Salem, Ore., where he spent his youth. He attended high school in Seattle where he met Betty Gray before enlisting in the Army Air Corp to fight in World War II.

He married Betty on a three-day pass prior to deployment to the South Pacific and when he returned he was stationed at Muroc Air Base in the Mojave Desert where he completed his military service.

He obtained his first college degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo and later earned a Masters Degree from USC. Glenn’s professional career was with NASA, where he worked as a Project Engineer on a series of hypersonic research aircraft that first broke the sound barrier and culminated in the X-15 project that put man into the near reaches of space aboard rocket powered aircraft.

Along the way he and Betty had three sons, John, Jeffrey and Peter, and raised them in Lancaster, Calif., near Edwards Air Force Base and the NASA facilities. Near the end of his career he transferred with NASA to the Ames Research Center and lived in the Bay Area where he retired.

He and Betty then found Mariposa and moved here in 1979 having built a house on French Camp Road. He loved the peacefulness of the Mariposa property and at the mountain cabin near Huntington Lake that was a family retreat and their summer home for many years.

His firm belief in college education guided his sons to obtain degrees as he had and his strong sense of family was rewarded by his sons all marrying (John to Linda, Jeff to Laura and Peter to Colleen), producing 11 grandchildren (Dana, Lori, Jason, Jena, Lindsey, Sara, Amanda, Alicia, Anna, Amy and Morgan) and two great-grandchildren (Julianne and Gabriella) whom he all loved greatly and delighted in their company. Glenn is also survived by his beloved brother Eugene Robinson of Granite Bay, Calif., and his niece Susan, who will miss him greatly.

As a Mariposa resident of more than 30 years, Glenn participated in the Volunteer Fire Department, worked at the John C. Fremont Hospital and assisted at the Mariposa County Planning Department. His greatest joy, hobby and most devout pastime, however, was his life-long intellectual curiosity – Glenn was constantly reading and researching to discover new knowledge on a limitless array of topics which he avidly shared with Betty and his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and anyone who would sit and listen.

In the days just before his passing he was still sharing with all of us and we all know we will be the poorer for the absence in our lives of his inquisitive mind.

Glenn will be buried at the family plot in Salem, Ore. Those who would like to commemorate his passing in some way are encouraged to make a donation to the John C. Fremont Hospice, whose employees were so caring and helpful to Glenn and his family. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 216, Mariposa, 95338.

An open house at the family home will be held this Friday, April 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. for those who would like to share remembrances.

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