Jimmie David Robinson

Nov 28, 1940 – Nov 20, 2015

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Jimmie David Robinson

Jimmie was born 11-28-1940 in Omaha, Nebraska. He died 11-20-2015 in Des Moines, WA. 

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents David and Viola Robinson and his sister Judy Emslie.  He was the beloved husband of 53 years of Valorie Robinson, loving father of Mike (Sonia) Robinson, Jeff (Kim) Robinson and Michelle “Kelly” (Steve) Thomas; grandfather of Joe Robinson, Steven Robinson, Taylor Tollefsen, Zachary Tollefsen, Max Thomas, Gabi Robinson and Cameron Robinson and uncle of Randy Emslie, Janene Anderson and April Emslie. 

Jimmie moved to Southern California as a child, he grew up in San Bernardino and went to San Bernardino High School.  He married his wife, Valorie on March 3rd, 1962.  He worked for Dial Finance and Dubois Chemical which brought him to the Northwest.  Jimmie was the founder of Inland Technology in Tacoma, WA which has been in operation since 1985.  Jimmie enjoyed playing poker and black jack, boating and snorkeling and spending time in Hawaii. 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, 98188.  Jimmie will be laid to rest on December 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Bellevue Memorial Park, Ontario, CA. 

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Nelson Roll
Gig Harbor, WA
Nov 30, 2015

Jim was passionate and optimistic about his business. I was hired in the aftermath of the recession 2008 when most companies were scaling back, Jim seemed to be saying, “let the torpedoes be damned, we gotta get out and make some sales.”

He had a lot of empathy with other people. When he arrived to the office every day, Jim made the rounds to greet every single employee. Sometimes he would show up with bag of McDonald’s breakfast burritos to hand out for anybody who wanted a little something to eat.

He expected much, but also wanted his sales people to break loose occasionally to have a good time outside of work. I will not forget the first year I worked at the company when Jim took the Military team to Las Vegas. He was generous with paying all expenses and even took some of us guys to the shooting range and then a couple Vegas shows. My wife also went along on this trip, and she still talks about the fanciest bowl of oatmeal ever served in a hotel room. Royal treatment, for sure.

A true American, Jim will be greatly missed.

Zeljko Halar
Tacoma, WA
Nov 24, 2015

"do you got a minute?"

I do. I wish I had had many more with you. I will remember the ones I got. Thank you for everything: "the good, the bad and the ugly." The memories bring me a smile and a tear every time, but mostly they bring gratitude that you were such a big part of my life.

respectfully yours, Z

Tracy Fox
Graham, wa
Nov 24, 2015

Today I wear a Hawaiian shirt in your honor. I will always remember your generosity, kindness and warm smile....RIP you will be missed.

Eric Lethe
Gig Harbor, WA
Nov 24, 2015

Jim, I owe you so much. You will be sincerely missed by myself and Karin. Rest in peace, old warrior.

Barry Beckner
Tacoma, WA
Nov 23, 2015

Rest in peace Jim. Your smile and wit will be missed. Thanks for believing in me. You gave me confidence and direction when I needed both. I will always be there for your family just like you would have wanted.

Saddened and humbled,


Jeffrey Robinson
Bonney Lake, Wa
Nov 22, 2015

Love You Dad!

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