Dec 302011

Loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend, Roger Lane Willis, 65, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his home in Taylor, surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness. A public viewing will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Dec. 30) at Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel, located at 84 E. 19th South in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Taylor Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 309 W. Willow Lane, with a viewing beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.

He was born July 10, 1946, in Snowflake.

In his younger years, Roger was a gifted athlete who played fast pitch softball, football, wrestled and later was a hero to his daughters.

Roger loved to tease people, but everyone was a friend to him no matter what. He was a Christ like person who was filled with charity, love and service to others. Roger was a former bishop in the Taylor 1st Ward.

He was a poet who liked to make up songs and nicknames for others. He was a very patriotic man who loved to hunt and fish and be in the outdoors.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cathy of Taylor; six daughters, Cassie (Harry) Woods of Tempe, Tami (Darrell) McCray of Taylor, Kris (John) Black of Thatcher, Tara (Donavon) Kay of Snowflake, Heather (Darren) Perkins of Taylor and Heidi (Joe) McCray of Snowflake; 33 grandchildren; four brothers, Dahl (Shelly) Willis of Mesa, Jared (Brenda) Willis of Taylor, Josh (Amy) Willis of Mesa and Jason (Kim) Willis of Snowflake; and three sisters, Shanna Willis and Loyelyn Aceves, both of Taylor, and Eliza (Jim) Robinson of Kanab, Utah.