Donald Watt Robertson was born in Dallas July 31, 1928 and passed from this life to the eternal July 26, 2020 – just a few days short of his 92nd birthday.
Don was the youngest of his siblings with four brothers and four sisters. As a family they all worked very hard on the farms where they lived and worked as sharecroppers, for most of their early lives. He would say that they didn’t have anything, but they always had enough.
At a very young age Don enlisted to serve the country he loved, during the end of World War II and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He always said that he wasn’t sure that his joining up made them think about surrendering, but he was confident - it might have helped.
Shortly after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1947, he met his future bride, Hazel Lucille Clark, at the Fair Park Skating Rink. Soon after, they married and set out to build their life together and to raise a family. He worked as an inspector for the City of Dallas Water Department but after a back injury, he decided to take his hobby of fixing things and make a living doing what he loved.
Don was an avid reader of publications ranging from Encyclopedias, political issues to appliance manuals. If he did not know how to do something he taught himself with an enviable ability to reverse engineer anything that needed to be repaired. When the appliances he repaired progressed to circuits and transistors, he studied circuit diagrams to increase his ability to serve his customer’s needs.
As a result he built a successful business – Robertson’s Repair Service – into a 50 plus year legacy, of major appliance and air-conditioning repair services which resulted in many life-long friends and even multi-generational customers in Dallas and Kemp.
In 1950 he became a member of the Oak Cliff Masonic Lodge 705 and maintained his membership for 70 years until his death.
Don was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Hazel Lucille (Clark) Robertson.
He is survived by his son Ronny Robertson and wife Debbie, daughters Donna Lemons and husband Gene and Jerrie Fletcher and husband Rick, grand-children James Kelly, Robert Lemons, Eddie Middleton, Angela Arnold, Darla Gardner, Jason Robertson and J.D. Middleton, 17 great-grandchildren with great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.