A. Douglas Roach

A. Douglas Roach


Doug Roach, a former longtime resident of the Rogue Valley, died peacefully on October 24, at Twin Lakes Hospice in Minneapolis, Minn., a few days before his 101st birthday. He was preceded in death by Sadie, his wife, of 62 years.

Doug was born to Benjamin Roach and Violet Teed, of Nova Scotia, Canada on October 31, 1906 in Cambridge, Mass. Fatherless since the age of three, he lived with maternal grandparents in Seattle, Wash. To help support his family, he began work at an early age. He was employed by AM Castle Company, a wholesale steel firm, in Seattle for 14 years. From 1934 to 1942, he worked for the National Park Service at Crater Lake. He and Sadie were one of first couples to stay year around through the winter's deep snow. The war years imposed many moves on Doug, his wife and young daughter, as he worked for the War Department Corps of Engineers as a procurement officer at Camp White. In 1944, a move to Phoenix started his career as an orchardist. Daughter, Penelope, was born in 1947. Doug's career with Harry and David Bear Creek Orchards, which spanned his 26 years, included running 1200 acres of orchard property, managing the packing plant and fruit specialty packs around the country. He was a lifelong learner and during these years he received his GED, served as a lay leader at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Medford, participated in Toastmasters, and was active in the Bear Lake Park association where the couple made their home. In his retirement years, he enjoyed gardening and traveling.

In a move to be closer to family in 1944, he and Sadie were welcomed to the Calvary Center Cooperative in Golden Valley, Minnesota. His friends and family are grateful for his legacy of kindness and courtesy, good humor and humility.

He is survived by brother, Jim (Betty) Nelson, of Erie, Pa.; daughters, Barbara (Bob) Griffin, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Penny Rush, of Portland; grandchildren, Douglas (Mary) Griffin, Roland (Peg) Griffin, Anna (Rolando) Martinez, and Trina (Aaron) Burdge; and 13 great-grandchildren. Cousins, Barbara (Carl) Williams, of Concord, N.H., and JoAnne (Glenn) Tuffnell, of Sheridan, Ind.

Memorial services are scheduled for Monday, October 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minn.

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