Monte was born on November 22, 1945 at Steptoe Valley Hospital in East Ely, Nevada to Melbourne and Clara Robison. He spent much of his childhood and teenage years on the ranches of Spring Valley and in the mining camps of Spring Valley and Hamilton. At one point he and his brothers went to school in the one room school house on the south end of Spring Valley at Minerva, just above the Big Swallow Ranch. There were 27 students and 1 teacher, Mrs. Gordon. Anyone that knew Monte knew that a lot of his free time was spent having fun and getting into mischief with his cousin Punk Heckethorn and younger brother Melbourne!
Monte graduated from White Pine High School in 1965, and married Patricia Ranson on June 29, 1968. They were married for 17 years and had two children. Monte served in the U.S. National Guard from 1965 to 1969. He also worked for Kennecott Copper until the family moved to Reno in April of 1973, where he went to work driving trucks for Helm’s Construction for a few years. He later took up the trade of auto body paint & repair, working for his older brother Charlie until he opened his own shop in 1985.
In 1990 Monte decided he’d had enough of the hustle & bustle of Reno and decided to return to his roots in Ely, NV. He continued his work in the auto body paint & repair business for a few more years, first at Gomez Chevrolet and then Carney Bros. Automotive before going to work for Lemich Construction. In 2005 he went to work for RNMC driving haul trucks until he retired in 2011.
After returning to Ely, he met Dwylean Johnson in 1994. They began dating and were later married on July 27, 1999 in Virginia City, Nevada and Monte’s family grew a little bit bigger. Dwylean remained by Monte’s side, through the good times and the tough times, and was by his side when he passed.
Speed was in Monte’s blood, and there were few things he enjoyed more than racing in a fast car! Many remember his red El Camino and his dragster that he raced in Nevada and Utah, as well as the numerous stock cars he raced over the years on the dirt ovals scattered through Nevada and Northern California 84 being his stock car number. In addition to racing his cars, Monte also enjoyed hunting, collecting old relics and antiques, and creating amazing works of art from the “old junk” he would collect. In his later years, with his faithful little Jack Russell Sazi by his side, he enjoyed tending to his yard and flowers, and growing his delicious tomatoes that he loved to share with everyone!
Monte was preceded in death by his Father Melbourne Robison, Step-Father Vern Jeppson and Mother Clara Jeppson. He is survived by his wife Dwylean Robison, his little sidekick Sazi, his five children ~ Montie Lyn (Norman) Liebsack, Austin (Tasha) Robison, Misty Birmingham (Jimmy Price), Tami Birmingham (Jason Brummel) and Quinn “Que” Birmingham (Amanda Chivers), his four brothers ~ Larry (Clara) Robison, Charlie Robison, Melbourne (MaryAnne) Robison and Edward (Jaena) Jeppson, as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Monte at the Mountain Vista Chapel in Ely, Nevada on June 7, 2014 at 11 am, followed by a luncheon at The Ely Elks Lodge.