Samuel D. Roach
Samuel D. Roach passed away June 17, 2006, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.Sam was born Nov. 1, 1934, in Mesa, to Leland H. “Poke” and Pauline (Newby) Roach. Sam grew up in Molina and attended Bull Creek grade school and high school in Mesa, then moved to Collbran Union High School. Sam worked on ranches throughout Plateau Valley while attending high school.After high school, Sam joined the U.S. Navy. Following boot camp, he was stationed at Long Beach, California aboard the U.S.S. DeHaven 727. He proudly served his country during the Korean War.Sam married Norma Delling Dec. 30, 1959, in Mesa. Sam worked in the oil fields from the Texas border to the Canadian border. He was job superintendent at CB Tract for Colorado Maaco in the Piceance Creek Basin in the early 1980s. In the late 1980s, Sam worked in the gold mines in Nevada, either in construction or as the iron welding superintendent, putting together many of the structures that still stand at those mines today.He is survived by his wife; son William Allen Roach, of Carbondale; brother Richard A. (Richlyn A.) Roach, of Viola, Ark.; aunt Maida (Page) Roach, of Fruita; many nieces, nephews and cousins and dear friends.He will be greatly missed, but his memories of laughter and love will carry on.His wish was to be cremated, which has already taken place. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Mesa Cemetery in Mesa. The American Legion Post # 33 will officiate at the service. A reception will follow at the Mesa Methodist Church.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Plateau Valley Fire Department, 49084 KE 12 Road, Mesa, CO 81643. Please send cards of condolence to Norma and/or Bill Roach, P.O. Box 431, Carbondale, CO 81623.
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