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David "Dave" Lane Robinson

November 13, 1943April 14, 2021

David was born on November 13, 1943 at Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington, D.C., to Olene and Vernon Robinson. He was raised in Arlington Virginia, attending St. Mark's EUB(later Methodist) and attending Washington–Lee High School. While there he rowed crew, and he graduated in 1961. Then he was drafted and served in Vietnam. On returning from duty, he attended Ben Franklin University and graduated in 1973.

His first marriage ended in divorce. He was married for 45 years to Lynn Robinson. His sons, Taylor and James, were his delight. He coached them in baseball, and was the president of of the Arlington Little League for several years. After his knees were replaced, he took up golf. He was a member of Andrews Air Force Base Golf Club.

He began his work years by working for Riggs bank so he could play baseball on their team. Later he and his dad owned and operated Lane's Mower Service in Arlington until it closed in 1986. He then worked for several different lawn and garden supply dealers. Finally, he worked for Old Virginia Tobacco Company ending as manager of the Seven Corners store. He retired a few years ago and enjoyed sitting in his yard reading a book and smoking a cigar. He also enjoyed watching sports on his 2 tvs, and playing golf regularly. And he loved dogs. He almost always had a dog at home starting with Ranger (in his youth) to Pawnee just a couple of year ago. He is survived by his granddogs, Percy and Rozwell.

Because of Dave's work ensuring all children who wanted to play baseball could, and given the fact that he did not want flowers at his funeral, the family is asking that those who wish to honor Dave's life to contribute to the Dave Robinson Little League Scholarship Fund. The link to donate is found on the web page of Arlington Little League.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021


David "Dave" Lane Robinson

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Matthew Bangs

April 27, 2021

The Bangs family ( Matt, Suzi and Chris) are all so sad to hear of Dave's passing, he was a true gentleman in all the best meanings of the word. Our deepest condolences to Lynn and his family. We got to know Dave and James through baseball, both W-L and Babe Ruth. We found him to be a genuinely nice man, both as a coach and a fellow parent. The world doesn't make people like this any more and it will be a smaller, sadder place without him. Chris and I enjoyed many great days at various baseball fields all around NoVa with Dave and James and Lynn, being part of a team. We fondly remember cookouts for our teams at their home. We coached together briefly and I'm sure I tried his patience but he remained a kind, solid leader for the boys, a truly selfless man. We played many teams much stronger and more talented but none ever felt more supported or appreciated than our kids, and that was due to Dave. May God give you all the strength to handle this loss. He will be greatly missed and remembered for all he did for all the boys he coached. Matt, Chris and Suzi Bangs

Beth Walseman

April 27, 2021

My sister Mary Harlan Albert and I would like to express our sympathy for your loss. Growing up we and our parents Jane and Boyd Harlan shared many fond memories of the The Robinson’s at Saint Marks Church .

Sharon (Jack) McQuain

April 22, 2021

Dave was my special cousin, as my mother was his Aunt Audrey, sister to his dad Vernon. We weren't together often, but treasured the yearly Robinson family reunions at our grandparent's home in WV. Dave was handsome, quiet, and loads of fun. What a joy to spend those special weekends together. I cherish those memories and will miss him. My heart aches for you, Lynn, and your sons. How lucky you were to be married to such a fine gentleman. Prayers, Sharon.

Debbie Hinz

April 21, 2021

We arrived in Arlington after sign up for spring baseball in 1996, my son really wanted to play - I contacted Dave and even though his team was full he added my son and thus continued a long love of baseball ... which my son has passed on to my grandson - who at 5 loves nothing better than hitting balls for hours or watching the Nats play...

Thank you Dave!

Pat Solvas

April 19, 2021

When I joined St Mark’s youth Fellowship, Ma and Pa’s son, Dave, was on the move to a new journey. I had heard about how popular he was with the girls, but my time with him was when I lived with Ma & Pa . They allowed me to live with them in order for me to graduate from WL. He was briefly like a big brother until he joined the Special forces and fought for his country. We worked together when Ma & Pa became unable to live independently. I know Ma and Pa welcomed him as he entered heaven. My deepest sympathy to Lynn, Taylor and James.

Elizabeth/Libby Snape

April 19, 2021

I was 15 when I joined Youth Fellowship; Ma and Pa Robinson were the Leaders. My home life was troubled and Sunday nights at Youth Fellowship were the highlight of my week. Dave, Ma & Pa's son, was everyone's crush and when he chose you as his dance partner, you felt very special. I will remember Dave for his kindness to all us young ladies.