David Lee Robertson Jr., 71, of Shreveport, La. died Jan. 15, 2013 at his home following a long struggle with cancer.
His father, David Lee Robertson Sr, precedes him in death.
Born Jan. 11, 1942 in Helena, he spent much of his youth making deliveries for Robertson's Grocery, his parents store in West Helena. He graduated from Central High in 1960 and served in the National Guard before earning his degree at Arkansas State Teacher's College in May 1965.
He married his high school sweetheart Kay Rice on Aug. 1 of that year. Beginning with Helena Chemical in 1965, he worked in industry for more than a decade, living throughout the South, eventually moving to Dallas with Southland Chemical in 1977.
In 1981, he moved to Shreveport where he owned the downtown M&M Goodyear store. While there, he introduced customers to the idea of mud races, which proved both popular and ensured the need for regular repairs and newer, larger mud grips. For the last 20 years of his life, he owned Service Insurance Co. in Bossier City.
A lifelong outdoorsman and dedicated weekend warrior, he was quick to aid anyone with a project, drawing on his meticulously tended, well-stocked supply of tools. He had a fierce love of family, chainsaws, meals forged in the campfires of a deer lease, off road vehicles, and most of all, his grandchildren.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Robertson of Helena-West Helena; his wife, Kay Robertson of Shreveport, sons and daughters-in-law David Robertson and Laura Beil of Cedar Hill, Texas and Greg Robertson and Pamela McBride of Dallas; and daughter, Shelley Crisp of Shreveport. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Grace and Noah Robertson of Cedar Hill, and Carter Crisp of Shreveport; a brother Blake Robertson of Maumelle; sisters Beth Haynes of Lexa and Dot Flanagan of Helena-West Helena; and numerous nieces and nephews.