“Fred Robison” A Depoe Bay Oregon Legacy… Community builder, a man of his word…

Fred Robison, community builder, a man of his word… Depoe Bay, Oregon…
In Fred’s memory…

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Depoe Bay, Oregon

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” will always be a great metaphor for lots of my memories of Depoe Bay. But mostly in good ways…

First, I want to thank my dear friend and colleague, Liz Martin, for reminded us of the greatness and graciousness of her father, Fred. I know she loved him very much…

I think Fred knew we are all Cuckoo, anyway. He knew how to herd a town full of dear friends, loved ones, and the Cuckoo bunch too.

Fred was a leader, a visionary. Depoe Bay Harbor. “The Smallest Harbor in The World ” became a reality during Fred’s time at the helm…

The Depoe Bay Aquarium was a hit in Fred’s day. That was his vision too…

The Robison Family has always been committed to Fred’s dream of community building. We can be proud of being a most popular destination fishing village on the Oregon coast…

I know the Robison pretty well. They are like family to me. They treat all of us like family when we gather as friends during the annual Native American Salmon Bake and many other community events.

Not to mention the famous annual Crab Feed! All the world recognizes the huge blow up Crab exhibited each year on the north end of Depoe Bay near Boiler Bay…

Annual Depoe Bay Native American Style Salmon Bake

Folks come from far and wide to join the town folk for salmon, crab and cheer. The City Park has the aroma of salmon baking like the Siletz Tribe did for centuries before the white man arrived.

Native American Culture and Traditions keep Depoe Bay’s soul and Totem Pole spirits alive and well. Dancing and singing in the Park is a beautiful time of the year…

Fred’s dream of community building thrives, I believe… I have seen it for more than 16 years as a resident and former City Councilor. And, through all the challenges we have faced as a community, we thrive…

This is the town I love and call home for my family… It is the sea and the harbor that moves my soul. It is the Coast Guard station that reminds me we are all Americans, together, as one community…

Depoe Bay is a star on the Oregon Coast. Folks from all over the globe come to see and learn about the Gray Whale… These beautiful and magnificent mammals are loving neighbors too…

This beautiful story and Robison Family legacy makes us all proud! I had the privilege of meeting Fred in 2015 while serving as City Councilor.

Beenie Robison introduced me to his father, Fred. In 2015, while serving as Depie Bay City Councilor, we faced significant challenges with Depoe Bay Harbor issues. Fred’s wisdom and leadership was invaluable to me…

I was struck by his kindness. He was gracious and a true professional. He was a leader, and early ‘community builder’ before we knew what that was. We need Fred’s grace and wisdom at this moment, indeed…

Yes, we all miss Fred Robison! And we thank him for his US Coast Guard service during WWII. We thank him for his community service to Depoe Bay and Lincoln County for many decades. And, we thank for his love and caring ways…

Never ever forget the service of others who paved the way long before we came. Look back and learn the lessons taught then. The lessons learned help lead us into the future… I know this to be true…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate,..and aspiring artisan.