MARK ‘ROCKY’ AARON ROBINSON Oct. 4, 1950 – April 28, 2019
After a long fight with Alzheimer’s, Mr. Robinson died peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2019, surrounded by his family. Friends and family will gather at Pinon Park (A.K.A Rocket Park) this Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life of Mark Robinson. An interment Service will be held at Union Chapel and cemetery in Ira, Iowa June 8, 2019.
Mark Aaron Robinson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an Ecological Engineer, Environmental Scientist, and author. He traveled the world, including to Austria, Switzerland, the Philippines, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and others, solving problems with radioactive and hazardous waste for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he finished out his career.
Rocky had a passion for research and for the Bible. His thirst for knowledge started after high school and continued through graduate school, receiving a Masters from the Colorado School of Mines and ultimately his PhD. He authored two books, 100 Grams of Uranium Equals 290 Tons of Coal, and Walking Among the Wheat & Tares. His final book is a collection of his poetry and memoires he was able to compile and publish after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s.
He is survived by his wife Carla Robinson, children Zechariah Aaron Robinson and Zoe Anna Duran, three grandchildren Shiloh Duran, Aaron Robinson, and Joshua Duran, two sisters Marcia Giffen and Michele Dibassie, and devoted loyal canine companions Tamar and Ya’el.
Rocky loved his family and spent his retirement watching movies with his grandkids and attending their many music concerts and athletic games, walking his golden retrievers all throughout the White Rock canyons, completing construction projects such as building sheds and traveling rings, and enjoying all types of music. Mark Aaron was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother and will truly be missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/get-involved-now/donate or to the Union Chapel (see address below).