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Lester L. Robinson III


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Lester L. Robinson III Obituary
Robinson, Lester L. III
Lester L. Robinson III, 95, died on July 31, 2015, at his home in Chandler. He leaves his loving and devoted wife of 72 years, Betty Alice (Doren) Robinson; daughter Sandi and husband Steve Marinella of Chandler; son Charles Robinson and wife Meg Trauner of Durham, NC; and daughter-in-law Vanja Paradinovic-Robinson of Tucson, AZ, wife of first son Lester Lee Robinson, who passed away in 2007. Grandpop or "GP" also leaves grandchildren Matthew Marinella (Keely); Zach Marinella (Jordyn Raimondo); Julia Robinson; Lisa Robinson (Mike Tustin); Darja Perisic; and a special joy in recent years, great-granddaughter Macy Marinella. Les leaves as well special friends Edna Marinella of Redondo Beach, CA; brother-in-law Robert Fuller of Greensboro, NC; colleagues at AeroSpec, Inc.; and many dear friends. Born on February 25, 1920, in Elk Ridge, Maryland, to Lester and Helen Robinson, Les's younger sisters Carolyn Mae Fuller and Lelia Ann Brown predeceased him. Les graduated from South Hills High School in Pittsburgh (1938) and Purdue University (1942) where he studied mechanical engineering. (He was proud all three of his children chose to complete their undergrad degrees at his alma mater.) During his sophomore year at Purdue, on what he called "the luckiest day of my life," Les met Betty, the love of his life. The two were married in 1943. Then Les began a long and highly successful career as an engineer and management executive that started at Bendix Aircraft in Southbend, IN, and eventually moved to the Allison Division of General Motors in Indianapolis, IN. His work took the Robinson family to England for several years where Les led the design of an advanced turbine jet engine that is still used today. Retiring from GM after 25 years, Les moved with Betty to Chandler to be near daughter Sandi and her young family. To no one's surprise, Les was soon at work again, playing a pivotal role in the startup of AeroSpec, Inc., an industrial design and automation firm founded by Sandi's husband Steve. Over the next 24 years, Les' knowledge and experience as an engineer and manager-- as well as his wit and wisdom--contributed to the growth and success of Aerospec. Les loved music, playing several instruments; he enjoyed puzzles, Sudoko was the favorite; and after living in England he became an enthusiastic world traveler. Many of Les and Betty's life-long friendships came from their active church life at Southport Methodist Church in Indiana as well as St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona. Les will be dearly missed by family and friends who loved his sense of humor, his kindness, his humility, his intelligence, and his goodness. A celebration of Les's life and accomplishments will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 2540 W Baseline Road in Mesa. Les's spirit will live in all of us who were blessed to share his life. If you would like to honor Les in some way, the family requests contributions be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief at www.umcor.org. Please visit www.LakeshoreMort.com to share memories with Les's family.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 9, 2015
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