Roger was a great, great human being with an equally great sense of humor (he was one of the “good ones” as Claudia says). He was also the park supervisor for the East Bay Regional Park District’s Black Diamond Mines, Morgan Territory, and Round Valley Regional Preserves – not coincidentally these are my three favorite Regional Parks.
It would be impossible to list all of the significant contributions that Roger made to open space preservation and stewardship in the East Bay. He received a Mountain Star Award from Save Mount Diablo in 2002 in recognition of those contributions.
I took this photo of Roger on the evening of the third day of Save Mount Diablo’s 2006 Four Days Diablo hiking trip. We traditionally spend that third night at the Morgan Territory Backpack Camp. Roger was responsible for creating that campsite (along with similar campsites in Black Diamond Mines and Round Valley), and he always made sure it was ready for us. He and his wife Carol (and sometimes their dog Kua) would often join us there for dinner. After dinner we hike up to a ridge above the campsite to enjoy sunset and one of the best views of Mount Diablo that exists – this photo shows Roger in his element, enjoying that spectacular view of the mountain from one of his favorite places with a group of friends who share his love and passion for nature, open space, and parks.
Our sympathy goes out to Roger’s wife Carol, his family, and many friends. However, I doubt that Roger would have wanted us to dwell on the sadness. So please, go take a hike in Morgan Territory, Black Diamond Mines, or Round Valley, and think about Roger every time you do – whether you recognize it or not his fingerprints are all over those amazing places.
Peace Roger, we won’t forget you.
1/1/2009 Update: Roger’s Hike – New Year’s Day
Friends and family gathered on New Year’s day to remember Roger. Here are some of my photos from the hike:
- Here is a great slide show tribute on YouTube created by one of Roger’s friends.
- A Contra Costa Times article about Roger written by Denis Cuff.
- The Contra Costa Times has also set up a Guest Book where you can post condolences for Roger.
- Here is a link to a nice 1999 story about Roger in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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