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Robert Irey Pino ( North Cascades 1951 )

posted: Mar 14, 2021

Bob, 88, died March 4, 2021, at his home in Seattle. He was born November 20, 1932, in Gallup, New Mexico. In the summer of 1943, Bob and his family moved to Omak, Washington. He graduated from high school in Omak in 1951 and rookied at Winthrop that year. Bob jumped the 1951-52 seasons before being drafted into the Army where he spent his tour in Germany.

After the Army Bob jumped the 1955-57 seasons, starting a family tradition for the other Pino boys to become smokejumpers. Brothers Frank, Buck and John all became smokejumpers, as well as John's son Adam. It is thought that the Pino family from Omak had more smokejumpers than any other American family.

Later, Bob moved to Seattle to work for the Boeing Aircraft Company. There he met his future wife, Lola Voth. They were married in 1958 and had a son, Eric.