Tipp City high school senior, football star dies after short illness

Carson Robbins described as ‘awesome’ young man who loved life, sports

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City schools and the community are mourning the death of high school senior Carson Robbins.

Robbins, 17, died Friday after what was described in his obituary as a “brief, hard-fought illness.” He is the son of Jammie and Carrie Robbins.

Tippecanoe High School counselors and a crisis team from the New Creation Counseling Center were at the school Monday and available to support students, said Liz Robbins, district communications coordinator.

Carson Robbins was a scholar-athlete who participated in football and wrestling.

A prayer vigil was held in the weeks of his illness, and a gathering was held Saturday at the stadium where he played football and supported fellow school athletes.

“He absolutely loved life and had a great sense of humor,” the obituary stated, adding that Robbins tirelessly and loudly cheered on his friends at Tippecanoe athletic events.

Robbins was a defensive back on the Tippecanoe football team that reached the Division III state semifinals. He scored a touchdown in the playoffs vs. Trotwood-Madison, recovering a fumbled punt snap, and he had two interceptions in the regional championship win over undefeated Hamilton Badin.

Richard Mains Sr. said he knew Robbins and his family since he was in his Sunday school class at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church more than a decade ago. He said Robbins along with his brothers and a cousin, who were all in his class, grew “to be awesome young men.”

Mains called Robbins a great all-around athlete.

“It had been so much fun watching Carson as a star cornerback for the Tippecanoe Red Devils. He is also an excellent wrestler,” said Mains who said he asked for prayers from others on a Facebook page he formed several years ago.

The obituary released Monday said Robbins was an organ donor.

Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tipp City. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tipp Athletic Boosters, P.O. Box 24, Tipp City, 45371.

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