Dan Reuben Robinson,IIof Little Rock, AR, 1940 - 2022
Surrounded by his family, DAN REUBEN ROBINSON, II, 82, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away at his home on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Dan was born on March 29, 1940, in Dallas, Texas, to the late Reverend Dan R. Robinson and Elizabeth Tench Robinson. Reared in Methodist parsonages as "a preacher's kid" or "PK," he learned at an early age how to make good friends quickly and to hold on to those friendships throughout his life. Moving from Texas to Warren, Ark., in the midst of WWII, Dan spent his growing-up years in Malvern, Ark, Crossett, Ark., and Minden, La. Graduating from Minden High School in 1958, Dan was a proud member of the 1957 Minden High Crimson Tide state championship football team where he played halfback.
College started at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., for a year before moving on to Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. To access aviation opportunities nearby, Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., was his chosen residence for the last two years of college leading to graduation in 1962. It was his unique honor to be a member of the last Hendrix Warriors football team before it was disbanded. With his fellow teammates, Dan was instrumental in returning football to Hendrix years later and was there to cheer the opening kickoff in the Fall of 2013. Following graduation from Hendrix, he was commissioned as an officer into the United States Air Force, where he proudly served in the Strategic Air Command in support of Operation Rolling Thunder and other operations during the Vietnam War. After serving two tours of duty, Dan was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1967. Returning to Little Rock, he met and married the sweet and beautiful red head named Marylee Hoover. First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock was the site of their wedding on November 30, 1968, and was officiated by Dan's father, Rev. Dan Robinson.
Upon their marriage, Dan began his long and successful career in real estate. His resume lists leadership and principal roles in past real estate companies: Quinn Moore Realtors, Barnes, Quinn, Flake and Anderson, Fausett & Company, and finally Dan Robinson & Associates, Inc. His development fingerprints can be seen across Little Rock, where in the late 70's, he was one of the developers and principal owners of One and Two Financial Centers located at the intersection of Shackleford and I-630. These buildings now sit as the gateway to west Little Rock. He was proud to have served as president of the Little Rock Board of Realtors in 1976 and as the Arkansas President of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) in the years 1984, 1985, 1995 and 2000. He was also proud to have achieved his CCIM designation. Dan remained involved in real estate in his later years, even studying for the renewal of his real estate license just a week before his death.
While Dan's professional career was successful and meaningful to him, his Christian faith and family were his top priorities. True to his upbringing, he came by his servant's heart honestly and was always an active leader and volunteer in every church in which he was a member. At Pulaski Heights Methodist Church, among his involvements in service were as chairman and member of Stephen Ministry, treasurer of Men Alive, and member of the PHUMC broadcast ministry.
Dan loved his family never missing a sporting event, school play, graduation, baptism, engagement party, or other gathering in support of his family members. He always made a point to pause making everyone focus on the importance of the moment; whether it be a history lesson of the origin of Thanksgiving, a carefully crafted prayer, or simply send a note of encouragement to a daughter-in-law shortly before the birth of one of his grandchildren. Dan was a great "life advice" giver (solicited or unsolicited), but more importantly, he was a natural and gifted encourager, often recognizing your capabilities and gifts before you did. He was quick to point out these gifts, and his consistent encouragement to friends and family alike will be what many will remember of him. Dan endured a number of physical health challenges in the last decade of his life, but he never complained. He took on each one with the courage, dignity, and composure that one would expect of a man with his deep faith. "Faith, Hope, and Love" were three words Dan lived his life by, and we were all the recipient of the "greatest of these", which was his love.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Dan R. and Elizabeth T. Robinson, and his brother-in-law of 41 years, Pete Hoover. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marylee Hoover Robinson, and his three sons (and their spouses): Dan Reuben Robinson, III (Linda), Lee Gatewood Robinson (Susan), and Gain Lasley Robinson (Donna). Dan is also survived by his sister, Karis Robinson Alderson (Willis), his nephews, Roger Alderson and Michael Alderson; his sister-in-law, Barbara Rogers Hoover, his niece, Josephine Hoover Felton (Daniel), and his seven grandchildren: Sam Cooper Robinson, Katherine Lee Robinson ("Kate"), Stratton Wyatt Robinson, Leighton Lasley Robinson, Dan Reuben Robinson IV ("Q"), Micaela Lucia Tovar Robinson ("Mica"), and Barrett Hazel Robinson.
A memorial service honoring Dan's life will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, October 14, 2022, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow immediately in the gathering hall. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Dan's Sunday school class at PHUMC, the Fathomers.
The family requests that memorials desired to be given in Dan's honor be directed to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, benefitting the broadcast ministries 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72205, Hendrix College, benefitting the Athletic Department 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, Ark., 72032, or to the Arkansas Food Bank 4301 W 65th St, Little Rock, Ark., 72209 in which he served as board member. A more complete obituary can be found at RuebelFuneralHome.com
Published October 11, 2022
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