Robert Knox Mitchell
1977 - 2016
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MITCHELL, Robert Knox Robert Knox Mitchell was born at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on December 16, 1977 - the first of many places that he filled with a booming voice and a joyful noise. He passed away on May 3, 2016. Rob was truly one of a kind. He was never in a room where he was unknown or unheard, or where he did not make a fast friend. He could talk to anyone - he could tell an inside joke to a complete stranger. Rob graduated from Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, where he was an accomplished and "mohawked" leader of the Chargers swim team. He spent many happy summers at Camp Longhorn Indian Springs, first as a camper, then as an unforgettable counselor, storyteller par excellence, and sometimes black ninja, dancing pirate, freestyle walker, and leader of the Summer of Freedom. Rob always embodied the Camp Longhorn spirit of never fearing to be yourself. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, and then earned a juris doctorate, graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. After law school, Rob practiced law in Dallas, Texas, he undertook civic and philanthropic work, such as service on the Board of Trustees of the Warren Center, which supports parents and children with developmental disabilities, and he served his church as an usher and Sunday School teacher. But these good works were only his "day job." In 2010 he found his true calling as a father - at which he excelled. Rob combined a brilliant intellect, a sharp wit, back-slapping humor, and many other traits that drew people to him. Rob was an avid reader and deep thinker with wide interests. He was: a barbecue connoisseur; boot collector; a proud ambassador of Texas in London; a lover of his state's people, places, music, and history; a horns-waving UT Longhorn fan; a Spurs and San Antonio diehard por vida; and a walking catalogue of good music and trivia. These things marked him as outstanding - but they did not define him or limit his true character. Rob was cherished and admired by friends and family for his humility, empathy, and compassion, all of which led him to never fail a friend and to always say a helpful something when it most counted. Rob was a constant and true friend. He is already missed by so many - here in Texas and beyond. Many loved Rob and many he loved, but none more so than his beloved Sarah - his "rock" - who survives him. He is also survived by his beautiful daughters - his proudest achievements - Ella Marie (6) and Claire Josephine (3), as well as his mother, Martha Mitchell; his sister, Alissa Fanning Millsap and husband Adam Millsap; brother-in-law Chris Kirchmer and wife Melissa; his nieces, Catherine Millsap and Kate Kirchmer, and nephews, Michael Millsap and Trevin Sonnier and wife Dixie; and grandniece Adeline Sonnier. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Clint Dobson. Memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church Dallas, 1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas - surrounded by Rob and Sarah's church family - on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Parking is free on Harwood flat lot and in Bryan Tower. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates contributions to FirstFoundation (1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201) or to Living Water International (

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Published in Dallas Morning News on May 6, 2016.
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June 21, 2018
Rob set up a blood drive four years ago and convinced me to give blood for the first time. I now give platelets and tomorrow I am going in for my 55th donation which makes me think how much his one conversation to me has continued to make a difference and save the lives of people we will never know. This is just one of the many ways he continues his positive influence on the people he met.
Ford Santa Maria
August 27, 2016
Rob - I have many fond memories of our friendship at law school in Texas and wish I could have seen you more often afterwards. In the time you were given, you achieved an enormous amount. Your family and friends loved you, and knew that you loved them. Your passing is one of life's many tragedies, just as the way you embraced life was one of its triumphs. I am so, so sad that you are no longer with us. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Dave and your friends at the University of Edinburgh School of Law.
David Griffiths
May 15, 2016
RIP, Rob. You were the finest ambassador Texas could have hoped for. You will be missed by many. David Sewell (London, UK)
David Sewell
May 9, 2016
I'm in the youth group at Fumc and let me say he was always the greatest. Always remembering little things like a test someone was about. I always saw how he would take up the other side of an argument to get us to think no matter what he believed. He wanted the best for us. Us being some crazy bunch of teens he jumped into help. I will always Remember him with starburst being thrift at us and deep questions openly encouraged.
Grant Gilker
May 9, 2016
Always had a smile on his face, and some humor on his lips. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Bobby Jock
May 7, 2016
So saddened to learn of Rob's passing. He was a very special young man and always made you feel he had known you forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we pray that our LORD will wrap you in his loving arms and give you peace that only he can bring.
Love to Sarah and the girls.

Judy & John Elliott
Grand Prairie, TX
Judy & John Elliott
May 6, 2016
We knew Rob through our dear friend, Martha Mitchell, a justifiably proud mother of a devoted son. We enjoyed family pictures and his irrepressible smile and the obvious love he felt for his family. We met Martha when Rob was already "grown up" and off on his journey in law and building his new life. His legacy is in many kind and quiet gestures, so many of which are noted here. That is the measure of a person's character: what he or she does when no one else seems to be looking. By that measure, his life was a testament, one in which this loved ones can take comfort forever. Everyone who knew him was blessed; and even those of us who only knew him through his beautiful mother can say we were blessed, too.
Lesli Hicks Lee
May 6, 2016
Sincere condolences goes out to the Mitchell family for your sad loss. Psalms 29:11.
May 6, 2016
Rob was such an amazing person, husband and father. He will be missed.
Ron and Chelsea Carlin
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