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William Edward "Bill" Robinson


William Edward "Bill" Robinson, 80, of Yuba City, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Subacute Hospital in Sacramento, after a lengthy stay in intensive care due to excessive injuries received in an automobile accident on August 2, 2012.

Bill is survived by his wife, Elizabeth A. Robinson, and three sons, namely William Edward Robinson, Jr., Charles Matthew Robinson, and Ethan Oliver Robinson, all of Yuba City. He is also survived by his previous wife Nancy and two older sons from that marriage, namely Barry Robinson of Chico, and George Robinson of Yuba City. Bill was the last surviving sibling of his three brothers and one sister.

Born in Tucson, AZ, on January 7, 1932, Bill was the fourth of five children born to Edith Beatrice Kellogg of Petris, OK and Lloyd Monroe Robinson of Hiawatha, KS. He was a graduate of Marysville High School in 1950, and attended Yuba College in Marysville. Bill subsequently earned his bachelor's degree in Education and two master's degrees in Education and Reading, from Sacramento State University.

Bill worked in education, becoming a classroom teacher in 1953. He served as principal of Barry Elementary, Knights Landing Elementary, and Meridian Elementary, all K-8 schools.

He then served as the director for the Sutter County Schools Instructional Materials Center, and later was tapped to rise to Assistant Superintendent of Schools under then-superintendent Mr. Ed Hendrix. Following Mr. Hendrix's retirement, Bill served more than four publicly elected terms as Sutter County Superintendent of Schools until retiring in 1991.

He also was a past president of the Yuba City Rotary Club; a member of Marysville Elks Lodge 783. Bill enjoyed the outdoors in whatever form he could get it, including boating, deer and duck hunting, fishing, visiting Lassen and Yosemite parks.

He spent his last years spending most of his time enjoying traveling on trips to Disneyland each year with his wife and children and particularly helping his three young sons with their schooling and homework, for which he was eminently qualified.

Interment will be at Sutter Cemetery in Sutter, California. Notice of services to follow.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012
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