1953 - 2014
Roger Philip Booth was born in Portland, Ore., December 17, 1953 and passed away in Medford, Ore., Sunday, January 19, 2014, at age 60. The family moved to Medford in 1961 when Roger was 7 years old. He attended Hoover Elementary School, where he received an award for perfect attendance for all five years. He went on to Hedrick Jr. High and graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1972. He was active in the marching band and the electronics club, and he was particularly famous for his 1952 Chevy 2-door station wagon, which he loved to work on. Roger was also very active in Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout.
After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1976, Roger returned to Oregon and received an Associate Degree in computer software technology from Portland Community College. He worked for a number of years as a computer programmer in Portland, in the Silicon Valley and in Houston, Texas.
On May 17, 1978, he married Loretta Groth in Reno, Nevada. They had no children of their own, but over the years, they raised a number of four-legged children. One of Roger's greatest pleasures was reading computer books and magazines and actual computer code. From childhood he was fascinated by model trains, and after he and his wife returned to Medford ten years ago, he joined the Medford Railroad Club. Also, he volunteered with the Senior Aces and with the Jackson County Public Library, and he enjoyed attending Thursday evening meetings of the Medford City Council. He and Loretta shared a love of the out-of-doors and went camping frequently in the forests of Southern Oregon.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Charles William Bill Booth and Nancy Marquis Hunt Booth; and by an older brother, Benjamin Lloyd Booth, who passed away in 1973 at age 24. He is survived by his wife, Loretta; as well as his sister, Hannah Booth (Watts) of Cathlamet, Wash.; and his brother, Stephen Booth of Ashland, Ore.
A private memorial service will be held for family. Donations may be made in his memory to the Sierra Club or to the Maslow Project for homeless teenagers in Medford.