Hall of Famer Robinson passes away

Bob A. Robinson of Hagerman, Idaho, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame steer wrestler, passed away Dec. 16 at St Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Robinson has been a big influence in the sport of rodeo. He joined the PRCA in 1958 and competed at both ends of the arena as a steer wrestler and a saddle bronc rider. He competed in saddle bronc riding at the National Finals Rodeo in 1959 and in 1960 he competed in both saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling, winning the world steer wrestling title in 1960 and finished runner-up in the all-around category that same year behind Harry Thompkins.

Robinson was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2006.

Robinson competed professionally for 14 years and in 1980, he became one of the first pro officials for the PRCA. In September of 1982, he became the PRCA’s director of rodeo administration, and he and his wife, Emma, moved from Idaho to Colorado Springs. During that time, his responsibilities included negotiating prize money with rodeo committees, overseeing the eligibility of cowboys, interpreting and enforcing PRCA rules and coordinating rodeo listing and approvals. He was also instrumental in moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, Okla., to its current location in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1985. His son, Jade, followed in his footsteps by serving as a ProRodeo official for more than 19 years, working every NFR during that time.

A celebration of life open house with military honors will be held from 1-4 p.m., MT, Jan. 4, 2018, at the Hagerman American Legion Hall, Hagerman, Idaho. Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at

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