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Franklin Dewey Robinson Jr.


1930 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
February 12, 1930 ~ July 15, 2014
Franklin Dewey Robinson, Jr. was born February 12, 1930 and passed away peacefully on July 15, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He lived a colorful life, worked hard, and he was generous and compassionate. Franklin married his childhood sweetheart and angel, Katherine May Polasek, in 1951. He was a man of service, enlisting in the Navy during the Korean War (1948-1952), serving in the Utah National Guard (1969 - 1971) and then the Montana Army National Guard from 1972-1978, at which time he retired as a Sergeant First Class.
Franklin would say he was not the smartest of men having attended East High School while receiving his diploma at a future date. To support his family, he did a variety of sales jobs before attending cosmetology school in 1960. He then worked as a beautician with his wife for 2 years. Franklin dreamed of becoming a nurse, which he accomplished at the age of 40 earning a nursing certificate from Westminster College in 1970. This humble and in truth very smart man continued his education, receiving a certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1974.
Franklin worked as a nurse for 7 years in Crow Agency Montana on the Crow Indian Reservation and then moved to Neah Bay, Washington where he worked 8 years on the Makah Indian Reservation. He tried unsuccessfully to retire at 55, but went back to work on Navajo Mountain in Utah for 3.5 years and then worked with the indigent population in Salt Lake before retiring from Public Health at 65. He loved his work and the people he treated.
Franklin was one of 17 siblings, all of whom predeceased him with the exception of his brother, Willard Robinson, who lives in Murray. Along with Willard, Franklin leaves behind his wife Katherine, their five children, Kristynia (Troy), Franklin Dewey III (Dinah), Patrick Louis (Jeanne), Steven Ray (Jinsook), Jeffrey Polasek, Katherine's sister, Rose, 12 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren with two more on the way.
Franklin loved his angel first and foremost, his family, and his country. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports and he loved to dance. His crystal blue eyes reflected his love for life, growing more startlingly blue with each passing year. He will be sorely missed. May he dance among the stars.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Tuesday 11:00 a.m. at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East, where friends may visit the family ½ hr. prior to the mass. Funeral directors: Neil O'Donnell & Sons.
In lieu of flowers, please give mom a hug and tell her you love her.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 20 to July 21, 2014
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