Michael J. Robertson of Hereford, Ariz., was piped aboard on April 10, 2012, for his final voyage home. Mike was born on Oct. 31, 1957, to Lawrence B. Robertson and Lavonne A. Knight of Reno, Nev. He is preceded in death by his brother, Robbie Lee Robertson of Quincy, Calif. He is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Lavonne Robertson of Sierra Vista; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Craig Shaw of Needles, Calif.; wife, Carol of Charleston, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Zachary and Jen Robertson and grandson, Kaden David of Silver Springs, Md.; and his daughter, Amy of Portland, Ore. Mike was extremely proud of his service as a submariner in the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 1988. His military decorations include Good Conduct Medal 2nd award, Sea Service Medal, Deployment Ribbon, Navy Expeditionary Medal 2nd award, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Navy E Ribbon. He graduated from the Citadel in Charleston, S.C., with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 2002 and earned his master of business administration in 2009 from the University of Phoenix. Mike loved working with his hands and some of his most enjoyable moments were spent restoring old cars and doing home improvement projects. An avid outdoorsman, Mike loved hunting, fishing, and target shooting. As a contractor for the U.S. Army, Mike worked on major communications projects in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. He was instrumental in providing strategic communications to the most senior military leaders at the U.S. Embassy, Kabul, Camp Eggers, and Camp Phoenix, Kabul and remote locations throughout Afghanistan. Mike was a loving son, husband, father and true patriot who loved his country. He will be dearly missed by his family and worldwide circle of friends. May you have Fair winds and following seas on your final voyage. Per his wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, in the Chapel of Hatfield Funeral Home. Tags: 2002

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