Franklin C. “Duke” Robinson passed away on Thursday December 19, 2017 in Enumclaw, Washington at the age of 84. Duke was born in Buffalo, Wyoming on February 11, 1933 to Lillian and J.R. Robinson.
Duke was raised in Kaycee, Wyoming and lived there until going to college in Sheridan, Wyoming to study veterinary medicine. He was destined to be a cowboy growing up and working on ranches in Wyoming and lived that lifestyle until his passing. He was drafted into the US Army and later was stationed in Fort Lewis. After his time in the Army his choice for occupation became horseshoeing.
Duke was an accomplished horseman and competed in every rodeo event that could be entered. He rode bucking horses, bulls, roped steers, calves, and steer wrestled. He played polo, raced horses and competed in team penning in later years. He lived the majority of his life in the Pacific Northwest but never lost his love for his native Wyoming and enjoyed going back to hunt and ride horses in the mountains.
He is survived by his daughter Kelley Nybo (Gary) of South Prairie, son Dean Robinson (Mary Jo) of Enumclaw, three grand daughters Ashley Nybo, Chelsea Tatman, Paige Sorensen and 4 great grand children.
A celebration of life is planned for January 7, 2017 at the VFW Hall in Enumclaw, Washington at 1:00 p.m.