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Rodger Allen Lewis, of Blanchard, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from cardiac arrest/NOH.
Rodger was born, October 26, 1944, in Gallup, New Mexico, to Cecil Harvey and Lila Lee Brown Lewis. He was the oldest of 8 children. Rodger spent his early years in Ramah, New Mexico, where he graduated from high school in 1962. Rodger was a natural musician., He learned to play a guitar his Uncle Jimmie had given him, on his forty mile journey home to Ramah from Gallup when he was fourteen and a half years old and never looked back! He learned to play the trumpet, fiddle, and mandolin, but his first love was the guitar. Rodger regularly accompanied his sister Helen as she sang. It was common to have Rodger start playing and others would join in, singing and playing together. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for 2 years. He worked at the BYU dairy, walking to work at 4 am in the morning. Rodger pleaded with his parents to help him buy a car so he could drive rather than walk to work and school. He played in a band called “The Country Gentlemen” for the Arizona Club on campus and was asked to join a popular folk group and tour Europe. He declined the offer to join the folk group and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Rodger joined the Navy in 1968. He served in Guam and California, and Washington State. While serving in the Navy he was able to complete and receive his Engineering degree. He retired from the Navy and lived in Utah before settling in Arizona where he worked as Chief Engineer for the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant. He retired in 2005 and from there, moved to Blanchard, Oklahoma. During his retirement he started his own “Bare Bones” recording studio out of his home and found great pleasure helping others pursue their own musical dreams.
Rodger had a ready smile and a word of encouragement for everyone. He was a great friend, and enjoyed getting together with his family. His happy disposition, his kindness and genuine goodwill will be sorely missed. Rodger is survived by his wife of 22 years, Marsha; her children, Jennifer Taylor, Tammy Spicer, and Jaclyn Johnson; his children, sons, Tadd, (Kathleen), Phoenix, AZ; Benjamin (Alisha), Texas; David (Adrian Trice), Mesa, AZ; and daughter, Lianna, Mesa, AZ, from his first marriage to Bonnie Bussell. He is also survived by his son Spencer, Avondale, AZ, from his second marriage to Trisha Sherman. He is also survived by his brothers, Leland (Sue), Las Vegas, NV; Leonard (Tammy) of Blanchard, OK; sisters, Helen Clawson (Stewart), Tuttle, OK, Kristie Finch (Chip), Vicki Frutos (Raul), Laurel Hardin (Jeff) all of Lewiston, ID; and Lynette Jones (Roland) of Kenai, Alaska. Many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends mourn his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two great-nieces. There will be a celebration of his life at Falls Creek, Idaho, where he had hoped to attend his family reunion the last weekend of July 2017.
Cremation has taken place and no other services will be held. He will be buried in Clyde, Texas.

Another bright light has gone out, but only for a season. So long, until we meet again Rodg.


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