Walter Lee Robinson

April 9, 1953October 19, 2018

Walter Lee Robinson, 65, passed peacefully on October 19, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. He was born on April 9, 1953 in Lawrence, Kansas to parents Walter Stitt Robinson and Constance Mock Robinson. He graduated from Lawrence High School where he was an honor student as well as a participant in track, tennis and marching band. A graduate of the University of Kansas in 1975 with a BA in History and Geography, he completed a Masters in the School of Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1977. While at KU, he was a member of AKL fraternity and a four year member of the KU marching Jayhawks Band.

His entire career was spent in work for the United States Government, two years with the US Corps of Engineers and 38 years with FEMA in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Robinson enjoyed travel, both in this country and overseas as a student and with FEMA. He was an Eagle Scout, and enthusiastic outdoors man, a lover of music and of the art he saw in the great museums of the world. He married Linda Anderson in 1984. They were divorced at a later date. Survivors include a son, Trevor Lee Robinson of Rifle, Colorado; sister Barry Robinson (Robert) Cook of Leawood, Kansas; and numerous cousins in the Carolinas and Virginia. In lieu of flowers please make donations to KU in support of the Marching Jayhawks Endowment. Send donations to KE Endowment, PO Box 928, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 or give online at A Memorial Service for Walter Lee Robinson, 65, of Seattle, Washington, will be at 10:00am, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Warren McElwain Mortuary. Inurnment will be at Pioneer Cememtery in Lawrence, Kansas.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Robert (Bob) Fagan

December 9, 2018

I only knew Walter the last couple of years. I would stop by his cubicle in the FEMA bunker. “Walter you motivate me”!
“ You’ve overcome physical obstacles to make it here on a daily basis”. When I was
Deployed to Puerto Rico . I had FEMA people ask about him. There were two FEMA reservists that said the following.
“ Your from Region 10 in Bothell “?
“ When you go back mention our names to Walter Robinson “! “ Walter hired us and we’re both forever grateful “ !
Walter touched many lives by hiring good people that continue to help disaster survivors today. Godspeed Walter. I’m proud to say you were my friend. Congratulations sir , your Legacy lives on with all of us !

joseph murray

November 16, 2018

Trevor: I'm pretty sure you and I met at the FEMA "bunker" in Bothell years and years ago, when you were just a little kid. I was very fond of your Dad, who was a kind, smart, thoughtful man. He was "thoughtful" also in the sense that - like me - he always thought carefully before he spoke. I have worked in emergency management for 35+ years now, and worked with Walt mostly back in the late '80s and early '90s when I served as Public Assistance Officer for the State of Oregon. One of my best memories of Walt was a long run we did together in the wheat country outside of Pendleton (he was a much better runner than I was). He had come to Pendleton to help with failing levee issues. There was little FEMA could legally do to help-out other than provide technical assistance, which is why Walt made the long trip from Bothell to meet with city officials and me, providing advice about what might be done. He was a great man who will be missed by many. joseph murray

David Warner

November 8, 2018

Walter and I were roommates for 2 years in graduate school at the University of Michigan. We also worked together on a two-person team Masters project. He was frequently the target of my teasing, and I always enjoyed Walter's "comebacks" and his sometimes dry sense of humor. To relieve stress during the school year, we would play tennis when the Ann Arbor weather would allow. In the summer between our academic years, we went off on a three-week adventure with another friend to backpack in Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. A trip of a lifetime for both of us! Although sometimes hesitant at first, Walter was a good sport and was usually game for whatever crazy activities I would offer up. He graciously put up with my incessant guitar playing and singing around our apartment. After graduation, when Walter moved to Seattle, we unfortunately lost touch as adults. But we shared some hopeful dreams and good times together during our formative years.

Rest in peace, my Friend.

JoAnn Oram

November 2, 2018

I first met Walt in 1995 while we were both working for FEMA. By the following year we were not only working in close proximity but had started car pooling. I had many hrs driving us to and from work to uncover some of the layers that were Walt.
I discovered, as Lois mentioned his love of potatoe salad. I also discovered his love and appreciation of music, which was so very diverse. As he was pretty much captive on those round trip treks at least 4 days a week, we shared a lot of music and a good amount of laughs.
I recall his excitement when I shared that Huey of Huey Lewis and the News was a long time friend and we had hung out singing with the group after a performance, in many a place.

Over the years he and his family spent more than one Christmas open house with us, my family and I counted him as a friend.

Walt had a dry wit and great courage.
He was dedicated to his work and so very proud of Trevor.

May he be marching in the most grand of parades.
And may his family and loved ones be carried in comforting intentions.

Lois Lopez

November 1, 2018

I worked alongside Walt at FEMA for about 15 years. Walt and I spent time together visiting and talking about our interests. We were all blessed by Walt's intelligence and superior memory. Walt helped us out in the office through the years, with his knowledge and insight. Walt was gracious and kind. I learned he loved potato salad, and I'd promised to make him potato salad. I'm heartbroken that I never did that for him, and sorry I didn't say good-bye. To his family, please know that I cared very much for Walt. We were the "seniors" of the office and had worked together many years. Bless you all, and condolences for your loss.

Valerie Woolvett

October 28, 2018

I held a special place in my heart for Walt. I remember him as soft spoken, at times animated and a very private person. His smile and laugh will live on. My condolences to his family. Valerie RN