Darrell D. "John" Robinette, of Payson, died April 16, 2005. He was born Dec. 13, 1952 in Benson, Ariz.
He moved to the Phoenix area before settling in Christopher Creek. He attended school in the Payson area and played basketball and football for the Payson Longhorns.
After high school, he learned the trade of drywall, which he did for the remainder of his life, recently owning his own business, Robinette Drywall Repair in Payson.
Mr. Robinette was an avid outdoorsman, spending many hours with his friends scouting and planning each upcoming hunting season. He had his best season last year for archery bull elk and a Boone and Crockett coues white tail. He was a regular participant of the Payson Community Christian School fishing tournament.
He was skilled at wood and stone carving and enjoyed working in his shop. He stood for honesty and integrity. He had a gentle, quiet, kind soul and had many close friends. He will be deeply missed.
Mr. Robinette is survived by his former wife, Christy of Tempe; daughters, Rhonda of California and Shauna of Tempe; brother, Pat (Janice) Robinette of Phoenix; sister, Patti (Jim) Oliver of Christopher Creek; nephews, Robbie of Johnson Ranch, Jerry (Michelle) of Phoenix and Dane (Stephanie) of Nevada; nieces, Terri Oliver and her son, James McMillen, and her friend, Brian Taylor, of Deer Creek, and Donna (Matt) Noto and their two daughters, Ashley and Megan, of Nevada. Also, his lifelong friend, Dusty Byars of Mesa; and fiancee Candee Randall of Payson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry Andrew Robinette and Juanita Mae Taylor of Christopher Creek.
A memorial service will be at noon, Saturday, April 23 at the Military Sink Hole off Road 300 (Woods Canyon turn off).