William Hollis Robison

January 23, 2013

William Hollis Robison, age 82, of Salado, Texas, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2013. He was born on Sept. 9, 1930, to William and Laura Mae Robison in the small town of Shallowater, Texas. After several moves in his childhood, the family made Sweetwater, Texas their home. He attended Sweetwater High School and served as Senior Class President in 1948. From there, he attended McMurray College in Abilene where he worked as a soda jerk at the local drug store. There, he charmed a pretty young lady named Darlene Parmer from Cisco, Texas who was attending a twirling camp when she stopped in for a soda. They were married on Sept. 20, 1953.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree and then served four years in the Air Force Security Service. He then attended the University of Texas and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he received a Juris Doctor degree. Shortly after graduation from law school, Bill joined the Texas Highway Department as a right-of-way attorney. He worked extensively with the State Attorney General’s office which led to two terms as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas under the administrations of Governors Will Wilson and Waggoner Carr. He then entered private practice as a partner in the firm of Gray, Gardner, Robison and Pape in San Antonio. During this time, Bill was retained by the City Public Service Board to do condemnation court cases for the South Texas Nuclear Project. In 1989, he joined the law firm of Matthews & Branscomb as a senior partner. He coordinated the acquisition of land for the building of the Alamodome that involved not only land matters, but environmental matters as well. He became proficient in water rights law while representing such clients as Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the City of New Braunfels. One of his greatest career accomplishments was presenting a case before the United States Supreme Court in the decision of the City of San Antonio v. San Pedro North.
His greatest personal accomplishment was being happily married to Darlene for 59 years, and being the father of four daughters, Cindy, Vicky, Melanie, Jennifer and one son, William. He was blessed with 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is survived by all, who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Winston Robison, of Sweetwater.
Services will be held at the Chapel at Caliber Oak, 5235 Royal Street in Salado, Texas on Thursday, Jan. 24. Visitation and viewing will begin at p.m., with the funeral service at 2 p.m., led by son-in-law, Rev. Steve Lane.
For a personal message go to www.broeckerfuneralhome.com or call Broecker Funeral Home at 254-947-0066.

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