Lance Dale Robinson

June 4, 1925May 30, 2019

Lance “Dale” Robinson, 93, died suddenly on May 30, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Dale was born in McFadden, Wyoming, to Lance and Mary (Newkirk) Robinson on June 4, 1925. He spent his childhood growing up in the small ranching community and receiving an education from the area’s public school and from the ranchers in the area who were willing to teach him the ropes.

He was 16 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. When he was old enough, he joined the Armed Services to serve his country. As a heavy machine gunner for the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a member of the 313th Infantry, Company H, and then became a member of the 79th Reconnaissance Troop.

He landed on Utah Beach 6 days after D Day. He was present during the Battle of the Bulge. During his service, his actions, bravery, and valor earned him the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the British Military Medal, which is the highest honor a non-British soldier can receive.

While serving his country, he did what he could to serve his fellow soldiers and preserve as many lives as possible. He was color blind, and that allowed him to see a tank hiding in some bushes that others couldn’t. By informing his superiors of his discovery, he saved countless soldiers’ lives from unnecessary destruction.

During the Battle of the Bulge, he also saved his sergeant’s life. When he had taken shots to the gut, Dale carried him through the dark and thick fog back to friendly lines. During the process, he took shrapnel to his leg. Always selfless and concerned for others, he ignored his own injuries to see his fellow soldier taken care of.

When he returned from the war, he went back to ranching in Wyoming. During this time, he formed a relationship with researchers from the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University. By allowing them to work with the cattle on the ranch, he helped advance the science of ranching, especially in the field of artificial insemination.

He married Jayne (Miller) Robinson upon his return to Wyoming. After moving to Texas later in life, he had a loving and long relationship with Mary Beth Hatten of Nacogdoches, Texas, until his death.

His selflessness continued with him throughout his life, and he did what he could to ensure that those around his ranch and in the various communities in which he lived had what they needed to be happy and fulfilled. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his partner Mary Beth Hatten of Nacogdoches, Texas; brother Herb Robinson, son, Lance Robinson and wife Edna Lee Robinson of Sheridan, Wyoming; daughter Adrianne Peterson and husband Charlie Martinez, Texas; grandson Paul Robinson and Heather Robinson of North Platte, Nebraska; grandson Jay Robinson and Dolly of Heyburn, Idaho; grandson Dax Robinson and Jessica Robinson of Columbus, Nebraska; granddaughter Michelle Robinson of Sheridan, Wyoming; granddaughter Mary Jayne Robinson of Sun Valley, Idaho; granddaughter Jennifer Robinson of Seattle, Washington; granddaughter May Smith and husband Dusty Smith of Buffalo, Wyoming; Tandy Peterson of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Jayne, his son Lloyd Robinson, and his grandson Pete Robinson.

Services will be held in Laramie later this summer or fall.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.


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