This post is long overdue, but no less heartfelt and sincere. On September 23, 2012, Lee Everett Robinson passed away at the age of 66 at his home in Sandy, Utah after a five year struggle with Gastro-Intestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) cancer. Lee was a long time member of the Travel Photographers Network. Records show he was a member at least as far back as 2006 and possibly earlier. Lee represented all of the values that TPN stands for. He regularly contributed photographs, and he always provided thoughtful, respectful and honest critiques to others.
Some facts not everyone may have known about Lee include that he enjoyed driving sports cars, watching road races, and skiing downhill at his beloved Alta, Utah. In 1972, Lee obtained his FAA Private Pilot License after which he enjoyed several years of flying over the rugged terrain of the western states. Lee also shared with wife Jan a great affection for their beloved greyhound dogs. Friends of Lee's on Facebook often saw loving, intimate photographs of these beautiful creatures around the house with colorful commentary from Lee.
Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 5, 1946. During his childhood and early teen years, he lived in New Hyde Park, New York. At age 15, Lee moved with his family to Salt Lake City where he attended Skyline High School. After high school graduation, Lee served a seven-year apprenticeship as a land surveyor. He became a registered Professional Land Surveyor in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Colorado. In October 1983, Lee established his own company where he remained. In 2010, Lee retired from his position as CEO of the firm of Robinson, Biehn and Biehn, after having worked in his profession for forty four years.
TPN would like to express enormous gratitude to Lee's wife Jan for allowing us to present this photo slideshow of some of Lee's work that he shared over the years.
Remembering Lee Everett Robinson (1946 - 2012)
In 1984, Lee married his soul mate and best friend forever, Janet (Jan) Gunzelman Tenney. They have remained together all of these years. Jan was a tremendous companion for Lee. Their love for one another noticeable and infectious. The following poem was written for Jan in Memory of Lee by ~ Olwen McGregor ~ upon hearing of Lee's passing.
His Name Is Lee
He is my world
He left too soon
My heart in pain
To know not to see him again
Yet he is here
In where I look
My memories his memories
They are our book
For him I must wake each day
To remember his every way
His love his strength
Will allow me to be his other half
The half of Lee
The days I struggle
The days I yearn
I will look to his pictures
For comfort and warmth
One day for him I will smile
But not yet
Written for Jan, in Memory of Lee by ~ Olwen McGregor ~
We are enormously grateful to Olwen McGregor for allowing TPN to publish it here for all our readers.
Lee was not afraid of technology. He embraced it. Up until shortly before his passing, he maintained a blog, a twitter feed and a Facebook account. You could say Lee was plugged in. A quick search on Google will turn up many places where Lee hosted his photographs over the years. Some even show they were captured and uploaded using an iPod Touch, further demonstrating Lee's embracing of technology.
Lee developed a penchant for photography early on, and his love of creating beautiful photographs continued throughout his life. We were privileged to have Lee show us the world through his eyes. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Thank you Lee for all your contributions to TPN, and for being a wonderful example to others.