David William Robathan

March 16, 1927July 5, 2018

David William Robathan passed away on July 5th, 2018 with his loving step-daughter, Carolyn and the comforting staff at Laurelhurst Village in Portland by his side.

Throughout his life, Dave was known for his heartfelt laughter, warm smile, and kind-hearted ways. Born on Vancouver Island on March 16th, 1927, Dave spent his formative years in Pendleton, Oregon and was an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished athlete. He loved to fish and hunt pheasant and was an 800 meter runner and basketball player. He also served in the Naval Forces during WW II and later graduated from the University of Oregon School of Dentistry. For many years, Dave was a beloved dentist in Eugene with a thriving practice. He was an active and beloved member of the Eugene community and always had a kind word or a moment to be a listening ear for anyone who needed it.

Predeceased by his parents and cherished brother, Eric Robathan, Dave is survived by his son, Bill Robathan, and three children through his marriage to Connie Robathan:Bill Cornog, Carolyn Woofter, Ginny Krzenski . Dave’s memory will also be honored and loved by eight grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and other extended family members.

Dave’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 4th at 4pm in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon.


  • Celebration of Dave's Life Saturday, August 4, 2018

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William Robathan

July 25, 2018

My father settled in Eugene in 1959 to start a dental practice. He found teaching high school biology fulfilling and teaching deeply honorable. Quiet ambition pressed him on to dental school. Competence and diligence got him through. He became an extraordinarily skilled dentist with a long loyal, grateful and robust practice. Recognized in his local professional community as among their best, fellow dentists became his patients. I was very proud of him and deeply identified with his stature.

He happily traded services with some patients who otherwise couldn't pay. He dutifully and happily served his community through several social and fraternal organizations. He took leadership roles, volunteered for other civic activities, was popular and admired.

He spent modestly and was prudent with his finances which served two families. He fed, furnished, clothed, armed me for life in the world. As a child I was thrilled to see him come home from his work, my hero.

His character was marked by intense, conscientious, determined drive to do right the tasks he took on. This very rich inheritance and ethic lives in his progeny.

He had extraordinary physical energy. He relished physical life. He ran, jogged, biked, hiked, camped, climbed, played catch and tennis, hunted, fished, swam, canoed, cooked with relish. Because it seemed a display, a pleasure he wanted to share with me, I remember how deliberately and with anticipated pleasure he would pour a cold glass of milk after hard yard work on a hot day, tip it up and gulp it down. I remember a summer evening ritual treat, him thirsty driving with me by his side down the hill to A & W for a gallon of tap root beer. We raised the heavy jug like a free weight to our lips and swallowed the rich cold brew and its foam there in the car parked on the asphalt still radiating the afternoon sun.

He honorably carried and raised the family name. He gave much more than he took and more than his share. He made the world better.

Julia Tibbs

July 21, 2018

Uncle David was my mother's first cousin. Over the years my family and I always received a very warm welcome from him in Eugene and Springfield. A wonderful and generous host. He will be sorely missed.

David Robathan

July 11, 2018

I will always have fond memories of Uncle David, specially his laugh, and sense of humor. Playing "tweaksy-weaksy" with the family one Christmas will be with me forever. A family man to the core, he had a special interest in the Robathan history, and kept many family documents and papers that allowed the family geneology to be shared with others.
He will be missed greatly.

David Paull Robathan

July 8, 2018

David was a kind and supportive help to me and to our daughter Mary when she visited Oregon. I recall a very happy trip with David, Connie and my late Aunt Daphne, and also visiting vineyards in the Willamette Valley

David Paull Robathan, Somerset, UK