Donald Robinson, APS President and COO died Wednesday morning

PHOENIX - Donald Robinson, Arizona Public Service (APS) President and Chief Operating Officer, died Wednesday morning after battling cancer. He was 59 years old.

Robinson worked at APS for more than 34 years and served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2009. Before becoming president of the company, he worked in resource planning and risk management for APS.

"Don was a true gentleman and a real friend," said Don Brandt, APS Chairman and CEO in a press release.

"This is a tough day for everyone who knew and loved Don."

Robinson also served on the boards of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Herberger Theater, the fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Fellowship for Senior Living and the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation.

He earned several awards including Scottsdale Leadership's Corporate Leadership Award and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's Transformational Leader Award.

Robinson is survived by his wife Chloe, his children Vera and James and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 at Bethany Bible Church located at 6060 7th Avenue in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the Robinson family has requested that donations be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Translational Genomics Research Institute.

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