Ethan Wade Robinson, age 36, was born in Crow Agency, Montana on June 7, 1980. He left us unexpectedly and much too soon, to begin his journey across the Milky Way on February 27, 2017, due to complications of Marfan Syndrome. Ethan, an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana, spent his early years between his homeland on Muddy Creek in Montana, and in Northern California. Ethan, whose Cheyenne name is Mo’enéstoohe (Whistling Elk) was a child of the Kit Fox Warrior Society, and learned early on the ceremonial way of the Northern Cheyenne. He experienced sunrises at Bear Butte, South Dakota, and sunsets at his beloved Northern California and Oregon Coast. He picked wildflowers in the Bighorn Mountains, ate strawberries seated next to a waterfall in the Grand Teton Mountains, swam in mint scented Kelsey Creek, and knew the smell of rain on sage in the hot summer sun on the Plains.
He attended high school in Kelseyville, CA and Colstrip, MT, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at The University of Montana in Missoula. Ethan worked as a copy editor at Montana Kaiman in Missoula, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Napa Valley Register, the Weekly Calistogan, and several more. In the last year of his life, he chose to further enrich the lives of others, changing from a career in journalism to a career in social services. Before his death, he shared that he felt he was having a meaningful life experience while working at Lake County Social Services.
Ethan was passionate about film, music, and literature. Ethan appeared in the 2015 film Steve Jobs as an extra alongside his beloved sister, Amber. As a contributing member of the Democratic Party, Ethan counted his attendance at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama to be one of the most exciting and electric experiences of his life. He was a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan and loved to attend games with his brother-in-law Mark. Ethan was compassionate. He chose not to eat pork for many years after learning about the emotions and intelligence of pigs. Ethan was kind and gentle, a loving person who brought out the best in everyone around him, especially his nieces Eva and Anna, who he loved with all his heart.
Ethan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dave and Dorothy Robinson of Lame Deer, Montana; Jack and Daphne Millis of Lake County, California; Uncles Jack and Tom Millis; Aunts Avis Ross of Tonopah, Arizona and Ernestine Two Moons of Busby, Montana; Kit Fox Uncles Charles Littleoldman and Jimmy Redcloud, and Grampa Lee Lonebear of Lame Deer.
Ethan is survived by his parents John and Karen Grice of Kelseyville, CA, parents John and Karen Robinson formerly of Muddy Creek, MT, sisters Amber (Mark) Messerer, Erica (Randy) Lord, Lyndee (Shelly) Prill, and Jeanette (Brandon) Ricks; Brothers Jason Hawk (Stephanie) Robinson, Nathan (Monica) Grice, and Kevin Charley, Anchorage, Alaska; Aunt Maureen of Egypt, Aunt Jan (Patrick) McElroy of Suisun City, Aunt Gail Lucientes of Talmage, CA, Grandmothers Juanita Lonebear, Priscilla Robinson, and Lorraine Robinson of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, uncles Richard Millis, Mike Robinson, Dave, Jr. (Nancy) Robinson, Larry Martin and special Kit Fox Warrior Society uncles Matthew “Beaver” Two Moons, Sr., Ernest (Mary Jane) Robinson, and Francis (Vonda) Limpy; nephews and nieces Eva Ponedel, Anna Messerer, Jennifer Messerer, Lisa Lord, Elena Grice, Kayla and Triston Charley, Madi and Jaina Prill, very special nephew Jason Matthew Robinson, Matthew Grice, Jonathan Grice, Damon Lord, Brevin Ricks, and Brody Ricks, and warrior society nephew Benji Headswift, and granddaughter Isabella Robinson. Ethan comes from a large family which include the families of Robinson, Harris, Lonebear, Beartusk, Spang, Means, Booth, DiTonno, Whitecrane, Killsnight, Fisher, Cain, Corbin, Thomas, and McFalls families, to name a few, along with many dear friends.
A Northern Cheyenne traditional wake was held on March 4 at the Jones Mortuary in Lower Lake, California. In accordance with Ethan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. The family would like to thank the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and Jones Mortuary for the assistance received.
In lieu of flowers and in Ethan’s honor, please donate to The Marfan Foundation, www.marfan.org.