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William Allen Robison

August 13, 1944 — April 8, 2024

William Allen Robison was born on August 13, 1944, in Austin, MN, and passed away on April 8, 2024, in Albuquerque, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marcella (Potvin) Robison, his brother Gary Robison and two sisters Janice Passero and Linda Robison. He is survived by his sister, Terri (John) Youngblood; his two children Wryan (Stephanie) Capps and Heather (Robert) Drager; four grandchildren Brenden and Hayden Drager, and Ashton and Ainsley Capps.

 

Bill and his family moved to the Duke City in 1956, where he grew up in the northeast heights and there was only mesa east of Wyoming and north of Montgomery Boulevards.  He graduated from Sandia High School in 1963 and then attended UNM, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1971.  While at UNM, he was a member of the UNM men's gymnastics team from 1963 -1968, earning a WAC Championship in 1968 under his team coach and mentor, Rusty Mitchell. He was a specialist on the pommel horse and would always comment on the clean lines and pointed toes that were necessary to score well. He stayed very close to his ex-teammates over the years via their reunions and special events.  In 1969, Bill paused his education and was very proud to have voluntarily joined and serve as a United States Marine. He loved to talk about his time in the service, where he attained the nickname Sergeant Rock, and "ran" the PX at Camp Pendleton.  

 

Bill raised his children in the North Valley of Albuquerque with their mother Yvette and taught them the importance of hard work, discipline, and to always keep a sense of humor.  He served his community and made a living as a Registered Public Accountant.  He provided tax and accounting services to his clients diligently for over 40 years. When he wasn't working, which wasn't very often, he loved to garden, bowl, play poker, and go fishing and bird-hunting. He had two beloved hunting labs “Cat” and “Puppy," and later a lap dog named "Piggy."  He would fish and bird-hunt all over Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado with his best fishing and hunting buddies, Wayne Lemieux and Tom Schween. The Chama and Conejos River systems were two of his favorites for fishing and tent camping.  He would also attend an annual pheasant hunting trip in Kansas, which would allow him to see his other good buddy from the Marine Corps., Craig a.k.a. "Rats".  He had a semi-monthly, dealer's choice poker group he led for what seemed to be 30 years. Bill was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan in the 70s and 80s until they fired head coach Tom Landry.

 

Bill had a unique but intensely intelligent personality. With his sharp wit, he had a real keen ability for joke telling. He was known for always telling a joke to anyone that would listen. He was also an accomplished bowler, never achieving the elusive "300" but once a "299." He was in many bowling leagues at Fiesta's and Holiday bowling alleys.  He loved to compete in bowling tournaments in New Mexico, including once traveling to Washington, D.C. to represent NM in the National Bowling Association's father-son tournament in the 1980’s.  Most recently Bill loved to spend time with his four grandchildren and teach them how to garden.  They knew him as "Uncle Billy" because he didn't want to be called grandpa.  He also stayed very close to his brother Gary's and sister Janice's families back in Maryland, including their sons and daughters.

 

Bill will be remembered by everyone that knew him for his handcrafted jokes, gymnastics stories and his love for the Marine Corps.  Bill had a big heart and could always be counted on to help anyone he knew in need. He was loved by those that knew him well and he will be missed deeply but never forgotten.

 

“There are only three kinds of accountants in the world, those that can count and those that can’t.”  -unknown

 

Military burial and funeral services will be on May 10, 2024, attended by the family.  A celebration of life will be hosted shortly after at his Daughter’s house, Heather: open to everyone; 5pm-7pm 9800 Loretta Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

 

 

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