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Colonel David Alan Robinson, 64, of Tampa, Florida (formerly of Poteau, Oklahoma) passed away on June 29, 2020. He was born January 1, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In 1996, David married the love of his life, Vicki Glinski. Together they raised and loved their five daughters and 13 grandchildren. David thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, sailing, and traveling the world. 

Mr. Robinson graduated from NSU with his Bachelors degree in 1992 and his Masters degree in 1997. 

He served as a police officer, worked in the TRIO Programs at CASC, Upward Bound Director, and served 33 years in the Army earning the rank of Colonel. After retiring from the military, he began working for the Navy College in Yokosuka, Japan and became the Pacific Director. David also found joy in serving others through volunteer work. Among the most recent are the VFW in Yokosuka, Japan as Chaplain and Commander. He was also a member of BMAD (Bikers Making A Difference) in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Colonel David Robinson was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, and South America. 

He is survived by:

His wife:

Vicki Robinson of the home

Three daughters:

Lindsay (Kyle) Beaton of DeWitt, Arkansas

Jana Robinson of Tampa, Florida

Alisha (Chris) Clark of Mineral Bluff, Georgia

Two step-daughters:

Kristi (Eric) Hocott of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Lisa (Aaron) Cottrell of Valrico, Florida

His mother:

Natha Dean Robinson of Wister, Oklahoma


Shirley (Jim) Parsley of Poteau, Oklahoma

Linda Haney of Wister, Oklahoma

Lester Robinson of Wister, Oklahoma

Dylana (Stephen) Marcaurelle of Wister, Oklahoma

13 grandchildren:

John David, Lakota, Elizabeth, Anna, Sada, Jacob, Katelyn, Evelyn, Anna Claire, Henry, Owen, Aubrey Cate, and Maya

The mother of Lindsay, Jana and Alisha is Vickie Heppel, David’s first wife. Though their marriage ended their joint love for their daughters never did. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Franklin Robinson. 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Heavener First Baptist Church with Brother Brock Hardin, Brother John Glinski, Brother Chris Clark, and Brother Jim Parsley officiating. Burial will follow at 12 Noon in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Smith, Arkansas with military honors by the United States Army Guard and the Fort Smith D.A.V. Chapter 1. Arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be: Kyle Beaton, David Stallings, Lester Robinson, Jay Parsley, Jacob Vickers, and Aaron Cottrell.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Stephen Marcaurelle, Eric Hocott, Joseph Marcaurelle, Gary Williams, Joe Mode, Paul Mode, Randy Lum, and Mark Dunaway.

David will lie in state beginning at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.

To sign David’s online guestbook please visit