Originally published by the Verde Independent on October 20, 2016

photo courtesy Verde Independent

Donald E. Robertson, 73 of Jerome, passed away on October 17, 2016. He was born on January 4, 1943 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa to Henry E. Robertson and Marilyn Pitzer.

Don attended Mt. Pleasant High School, then joined the Army Reserves. There he worked as a master mechanic, and later went on to create the tourist attraction The Gold King Mine in Jerome.

Don loved antique trucks, motors, cars, motorcycles, racing and a passion for vintage transportation. He was proud of his establishment.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Terry Ann Robertson, mother Marilyn Pitzer and brother Tom Robertson.

He is survived by son Dale Robertson of Young, AZ; daughters Angie Wagner of Chandler, Jeannie Leffew of Flagstaff and Anna Cole of Cottonwood; brother Tony Pitzer (Monica) of Apache Junction; sister Bonnie Keeton (Gary) of Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Further details will be posted in future notices.

At this present time, a memorial site is set up in the parking lot of the Gold King Mine with one of Don’s trucks.

To get to the Gold King Mine, drive past the fire department in Jerome and drive ¾ of a mile on Perkinsville Road. The Gold King Mine is located at 1000 Perkinsville Road.