David Neil Robertson Sr.
May 24, 1952 – November 10, 2020
ROBERTSON -- David Neil Robertson, Sr., passed away at home on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, after courageously battling cancer. Our Miracle Man, Big Dave was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003. God allowed Dave to recover multiple times from surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, pulmonary embolisms, and clinical trials so that he could spend more time with his wife and family.
Dave was born to Joan and John P. Robertson Jr. in Beckley, West Virginia on May 24, 1952. In 1959 his family moved west to Albuquerque, New Mexico for more work and sunshine. One of four boys, Dave and his brothers developed a strong work ethic while assisting their father, a masonry contractor. Those valuable experiences afforded Dave a keen understanding of precision and strength.
Dave graduated from Del Norte High School in 1970 and attend the University of New Mexico where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1980. His commitment to learning led Dave to a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2000. Always a student, Dave was often self taught though hours of reading. Dave’s intelligence impressed those who knew him. He was a wealth of information and a valued resource to family and friends.
Dave served his country in the New Mexico Air National Guard from August 1973 to 1981 at Kirkland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended basic training at Lackland AFB, TX and received certification as a pneudraulic mechanic in Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL. In 1976 Dave was commissioned as an officer, ultimately achieving the rank of captain. He received his wings in 1978 as a United States Air Force pilot at Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX. Dave touched the sky flying the A-7D Corsair II. He spoke fondly of his Air National Guard experiences. Dave would forevermore turn an eye to the sky when an aircraft was in earshot, often identifying them by sound alone.
Dave was always ready to trade fishing stories about his trips to the San Juan River and other favorite fishing holes. He enjoyed a good political debate and would often reference America’s founding fathers and the Bible. His love of history, science, aviation, automobiles, western movies, firearms, 1970’s rock, cooking, and baking bread made Dave a sure bet on trivia night.
Dave married Lillian Kaiser in 1973. God blessed them with three beautiful children. In 1981 Dave and Lillian moved their family to Littleton, CO, where he began working in the aerospace industry as a logistics engineer. His forty-year career included research, instruction, and design. He completed his career as a senior design engineer, where he designed equipment for use by the Department of Energy.
Big Dave was a miracle man made of strength, love, and family. He was always looking forward to the next call or visit from his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Lillian, Mother, Joan Robertson of Albuquerque, NM; his three children and their spouses: Olivia and her husband Keith Cinea from Castle Rock, CO; Dave Jr. and his wife Meghan Robertson of Little Rock, AR; and Jessica and her husband Stephen Carey of Austin, TX. He is also survived by his three brothers, John P. Robertson III and wife Connie of Kansas City, MO, Bill Robertson and wife Lori of Albuquerque, NM, Daniel Robertson and wife Mary of South Lake, TX. Dave’s legacy includes seven grandchildren; Avery Robertson, Aidan Robertson, Christopher Cinea, Madeline Robertson, Calder Carey, Neil Cinea, and Augustus Carey.
He is preceded in death by his father John P. Robertson Jr., and his daughter-in-law April Nersesssian, mother to Avery, Aidan, and Madeline Robertson.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
David Neil Robertson Sr.
November 22, 2020
I have such fond and precious memories of attending the wedding and reception of Dave and Lillian so many years ago. My husband and I also have sweet memories of visiting in the home of Dave and Lillian in Albuquerque, NM. We will always love them. Words cannot express our sorrow in learning that Dave has passed away. He will always be in our hearts. We will continue to pray for comfort for dear Lillian and her precious family.
November 21, 2020
I couldn't ask more from a brother-in-law that Dave. He was a mans man and always held his own no matter what you were doing or talking about. He loved his family and life to the fullest. As a fellow military officer, I found Dave very intelligent and interesting with a vast knowledge with a large variety of subjects. I will always love and remember Dave and his family fondly. I will miss my brother and know I'll see him again just beyond the Jordan.
Donn Green, CWO, USN, RET
Patricia Collins Perdue
November 17, 2020
David was such a sweet child and he remained that way for the rest of his life. He reminded my of his grandfather, Neil Collins, equally as sweet. They both had a wonderful sense of humor. David, after all of his remarkable accomplishments, was still the same sweet, brave, humble man. He was one of the good guys.
November 16, 2020
Success on the Dream Stream!
November 16, 2020
Swapping fish stories in the evening outside the lodge on the Big Horn river.