Joseph "Joe" Martin Robinson

October 12, 1943March 8, 2018
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Joseph Martin Robinson October 12, 1943 – March 8, 2018

Joseph Martin Robinson, 74 passed away on March 8, 2018, in Visalia, CA.

Joe Robinson was born in Hanford, CA on October 12, 1943, attended St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School, Hanford High School; class of 1961, receiving a BA degree from California State University, Fresno and a MA degree from the University of Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany. After college, he taught at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, before returning to Hanford where he served as director of the YMCA programs at Camp Redwood. He and his brother Charlie opened their concrete business in 1979. Joe eventually went on his own becoming well-known in the Hanford area for his work.

Through high school and college Joe was known as a baseball player, with major league offers out of high school and college. In later years, he continued this interest by quietly helping maintain the baseball fields at the local high schools, having the field at Hanford West dedicated to him. He was a civic-minded person, serving on the Hanford Tree Planting Committee while always contributing his time and materials to numerous local projects, most recently, the Children’s Storybook Garden & Museum.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his son, Ryan Robinson and partner Shelly Camarillo of San Francisco, CA, siblings William (Sonja) Robinson, Catherine Hill, John Robinson, Charlie Robinson and Michael (Barbara) Robinson. Nieces and nephews; Bill Robinson, Cathey (Greg) Leaon, Dee Robinson, Darla Yehl, Rodney Willhite, Jeff Willhite, Jamie Robinson, Terri (Kyle) Heck, Cindy (Frank) Netto, Jeff (Lori) Hill, Chris (Lori) Hill, Doug (Carrie) Robinson, David (Melonie) Robinson, Rusty (Theresa) Robinson, Sam (Suzy) Robinson, Luke (Tawny) Robinson, Jacob (Ali) Robinson and numerous great-nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy & Catherine Robinson, brother, James Robinson and brother-in-law, Robert Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School; 1000 N. Harris St., Hanford, CA 93230, The Children’s Storybook Garden & Museum; 559-341-4845 or or The Fresno Chaffee Zoo; 559-498-5959 or or an organization of your own choosing.

Family and friends are invited to view Joe’s legacy at and send condolences to the family.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 17th at the Fraternal Hall; 1015 N. 10th Ave., Hanford, CA. All are welcome!

Services by People’s Funeral Chapel 559-584-5591.


  • Celebration of Joe's Life Saturday, March 17, 2018

Joseph "Joe" Martin Robinson

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Terry Horak

March 19, 2018

While I was the CEO of Sequoia Lake, Joe was a special confident that I could go to for advice and counsel. When I would hear his truck come down the hill, I would drop what I was doing to go and greet him. Usually finding already hard at work in YMCA Camp Redwood. Always willing to help with project like concrete pads for trash bins or a concrete handicapped ramp into a building.

May you Rest In Peace, and Thank You for Your Service to your Country and Community. 🇺🇸

Cynthia Dias

March 14, 2018

I, and all of us at Hanford Elementary/DSF who worked with Joe over the years, were sad to hear about his passing. What an awesome person! He was a joy to do business with, he was no-nonsense but he also managed a moment or two of chit-chat when I'd see him in the office or at a job site.

Few people give to others in the ways Joe did - beyond what most people even know. He was honest, provided excellent work for the children of HESD at a VERY FAIR price, and was someone whose word was his bond. They don't make them like Joe anymore.

For Joe's family, I hope the good memories of Joe fills your hearts in the days and weeks to come. What an honest, hard-working man. He is already missed by many.

Jennifer Mori

March 14, 2018

So many memories with my dear friend - shagging baseballs for the team, riding to school, dusting off inventory at the liquor store where he worked, lots of conversations and stories, and a great deal of fun. Joe always had so many kind words about my father (Everett Webb) and my brother (Lynn Webb). I always appreciated his kindness and consideration to me and my family. He will be missed. My sympathies to all of the Robinson family. Jennifer