Robin David Drake, 57, of Marshalltown, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home under the care of the Iowa River Hospice Home.
He was born on March 27, 1957, in Preston, to Marge and David Drake.
He lived his first 18 years in Lanesboro and graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1975.
He then joined the United States Navy and served four years in San Diego.
While in the Navy, he married his high school sweetheart, JoAnn Christine Sorum, in 1976.
After his Navy tour was up, he was a police officer for the city of Cresco, Iowa, for one year from 1979 until 1980.
He then attended four years of college at Winona State University and earned his teaching and coaching degree, which he found to be his passion.
After graduating from college in 1984, he and his wife moved to Rochester so she could finish her physical therapy degree at the Mayo Clinic while he substitute taught and coached at the junior high level. In 1986, they moved to Cresco, Iowa, where his wife was a physical therapist and he continued substitute teaching and coaching.
In 1988, he got his first teaching assignment in Michigan City, Ind., as well as coaching basketball for the girls and boys at the junior high school. In 1990, he and his wife moved to Mason City, Iowa, and he was offered a job at West Hancock as an elementary physical education teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach. He eventually became the head boys' coach for 10 years starting in 1995 as well as the head volleyball coach from 1991 to 1996.
In 2005, he resigned his position to follow his wife's career to Paris, Ill. In 2008, they moved to Marshalltown. He was then hired as a health/drivers ed teacher and head girls' basketball coach at East Marshall High School. He resigned his position in 2013 due to stage IV lung cancer.
He had a great passion for coaching sports, especially basketball, which was his true love. He also loved to play sports and always played to win the game. Fitness was important to him, as he enjoyed swimming laps, biking, walking with his dogs and the sport he could never master but loved the challenge — golf.
In December 2012, he was baptized by his son, Nicholas, at First Baptist Church in Marshalltown.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, JoAnn; three children, Nicholas (Marsha) Drake, Stephanie Drake and Ashley Drake; seven grandchildren, Caden, Noah, Levi, Olivia, Silas, Zoe and Sahari; his mother, Marge Drake of Lanesboro; brothers, Kevin Drake and Andrew (Mara) Drake of Lanesboro and sister, Debbie (Dennis) Long of Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Drake.
Funeral services for him were held Sunday, Aug. 24, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro with a burial following.