Robin David Dezzutti passed away peacefully on May 26th, at home in the mountains of Montana. Rob was a very caring and generous man.
He was predeceased by his father Joseph, his brother Jack, and brother-in-law Carl Carey. He was survived by his mother Joanne; siblings Rick (Joy), Janice Carey, and Jill (Nadim), Jamie (Lorrie), and Lisa (Aaron); niece and nephews Ben and Dan Dezzutti, Kylie Powell (John) and Josh Carey, and Jacob Dezzutti; great-niece and nephew Quinn and Maxwell Powell; and many friends.
Rob was life-long friends with Bud Sturm and Byron Madden. The three stuck together since high school, with Rob fancying himself the funny one. As life went on, he made many more close friends along the way.
“Robbie” was born on the 28th of June, 1959, in the Air Force hospital in Weisbaden, Germany. Never late to the party, when his mother got to the hospital at 7 p.m., he could not wait to join the world, born only a half-hour later at 7:30 that night, eight pounds-four ounces with broad shoulders. Rob was quickly given the nickname “Rockin Robin” due to his rocking back and forth in his crib as a baby.
Rob was always close to family, and often just wanted them to laugh. In his early years, Rob once took his dad’s guitar and mom’s fancy wig from Germany, and performed a most unexpected Elvis Presley rendition. Rob’s dad inspired in him both a strong sense of patriotism and a strong love for Deuce’s Wild video poker! Rob shared with his mom a tranche of common interests, and a “devilish” streak. Even as a small child, there was no place for the family to hide Christmas gifts or candy. Rob would find it all. Rob may have been reluctant to abide strictly within his dad’s wishes, but he always listened to his mom.
When he wasn’t skipping school to go on the boat with his brother, Rob tried out plenty of extracurriculars - He might have been on the golf course or rehearsing for his drama production. His frequent golfing ended up winning him a hole in one and a Member-Guest championship at Chantilly National. He was in the chorus for his high school production of “Oliver,” and in recent weeks remembered his lines from his high school casting of “Ensign Pulver” in “Mister Roberts” when watching the movie version with his mom.
Even with all that, Rob was a teddy bear and would easily show his softer side. He loved his grandparents. He would sit and watch cowboy movies with his dad. Claiming to be born a few decades too late, he loved old television - Gilligan’s Island, Andy Griffith, and anything with Dean Martin and the Rat Pack. Rob loved John Wayne so much, he could hold a conversation about the man for hours, and took Wayne’s nickname “The Duke” as his own. He would share in the interests of the newest generation by agreeing to watch “Baby Shark” so long as he could then introduce them to The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. After his father passed, he would bring lunch to his mother, and sit with her to watch Hallmark movies.
Rob’s love of the outdoors took off in the 2000s, when, following a trip to Montana with his brother Jack, Rob bought at least 20 acres and, with his friend Bud, built a house. He loved sharing Montana, and that property, with others.
In 2005, and likely in part to stay closer to the family, Rob also bought property in the Outer Banks, where beyond enjoying the peace of the beach and the waves, he could make friends at The Black Pelican or The Bonzer Shack.
After moving primarily to Montana in the 2010s, to see his family and express his love for pizza and golf Rob loved spending the holidays in Virginia - Thanksgiving through The Masters!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Nativity Catholic Church in Burke, Va. on Friday June 17, with visitation at 10 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, Rob surely would want friends and family to visit Montana or the Outer Banks in his memory. In memory of Rob’s generosity and love for food, the family offers that you may instead “pay it forward” in his memory by buying someone in need something to help - a pizza, some coffee, or something similar. With Rob’s patriotism and family connections to the military, the family alternatively recommends donating to Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org) or Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA.org)