Roger S Telford

Born: Mon., Nov. 21, 1932
Died: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
Location: Randolph LDS Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Fri., Feb. 01, 2019
Location: Randolph LDS Chapel

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Roger S. Telford passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, surrounded by friends and family. Roger lived 86 incredible years as a hard-working cowboy, managing the Telford cattle ranch, serving in the military, providing for his beloved wife and children, being a friend to everyone he met, and watching his family grow to include 10 grandchildren and 18 (and growing) great grandchildren.

Roger was born on November 21, 1932 to Abraham Owen Telford and Lila Sprouse Telford in Randolph, Utah.  
Roger attended South Rich High School where he participated in basketball and boxing. He loved to play basketball and made many friends participating in sports. His love for basketball lasted a lifetime, he could often be found watching or listening to a Jazz game.

After graduating from South Rich High School, he married his sweetheart, Darlene June Kennedy on March 2, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were married for nearly 66 years. After their marriage, Roger accepted a draft call into the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed primarily at Fort Lewis, Washington. He served in the 38th “Rock of the Marne” Infantry Regiment, Company I. Darlene joined him in Washington, where their first child, Debra was born. After his time in the Army, they moved back to Randolph where their family grew to include Hank, Brenda, and Lane. Roger served as mayor of Randolph City from 1965-1968 and again from 1982-1986.  He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was a proud member of the Randolph VFW and served on the Bear Lake Regional Commission. His family loved to see Roger proudly bear the Stars and Stripes on horseback in the Rich County Fair and Rodeo parade and the Woodruff Independence Day parade for many years.

Dad loved the ranch and enjoyed making many improvements over the years. He raised Angus cattle and Quarter horses. He loved racing Quarter Horses and raised and raced many good horses over the years. He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Dad was a master horseman and grew up using horses to put up the hay. He and his sister, Dorothy, rode horses from the ranch to school and back. In his younger years, he loved to rodeo, primarily riding saddle bronc.  He participated in cutter and chariot racing and was part of the old Bear River Cutter Association in the Randolph Area.  

He was friendly to all he met. His family loved him dearly and will always remember him as the dedicated son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and cowboy that they knew.

Roger is survived by his wife, Darlene, daughter, Debra (Les), son, Hank (Bonnie), daughter, Brenda, brother, Thane (Lillian), brother, Laurel (Elena), 10 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Lila, his son, Lane, and his sister, Dorothy Flitton.

Services to celebrate Roger’s life will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, February 1st, at the Randolph chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A visitation will be held the night before, on January 31st, 5-7:00 pm and before the services on February 1st, 11-12:00 pm.

Interment with military honors will follow in the Randolph Cemetery.

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Linda Davies
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Moyes/Davies Families (Bonnie’s cousins).

   Posted Wed January 30, 2019
Sending our condolences. He was a great guy. Daddy used to take us to those chariot races. It was so much fun. Great times and lots of memories from growing up in Randolph. The Houston Girls

Nancy and David Beachler
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019
Dear Darlene, Brenda, and Family. I was just now checking facebook and seen where Roger has passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. I know he is in a much better place and with family and children he loves. Darlene we love you and your family, and Brenda is and always has been very special to me. I was so blessed to spend some special time with her. We will be attending a grandson's swim meet Friday and will not be able to attend the funeral. Please know you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. As with so many, we will miss Roger, but never forget him. With much sympathy and love. Dave, and Nancy

Mike Limb
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
Darlene and family. News of Rogers passing is heartbreaking to me and I send my most sincere condolences. Roger gave me my first ever haying job running scatter rake. What fond memories I have of those times. I would say that he had a disproportionate impact on the course of my life by his positive and genuine influence. A great man has returned to heaven. Rest In Peace Roger. You made the world a better place.
Love Mike and Laura Limb.

Roger Smith
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
Roger was awesome i worked for him when i was younger. He will be missed. My condelences to fam and friends. When i visit my parents ill miss seeing him around.

Rodney Morris
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Rodney G. Morris.

Our Deepest Condolences on the passing of your wonderful Father. Rodney & Peggy Morris

Carlton Ahern
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
Pictures say a thousand words and when I hear the name Rodger many pictures come mind. A cowboy at branding time counting the the calf's. A grandfather watching the grand kids in the barn playing in the hay watching later in life as the get are married and have there own kids. A friend opening his home to a stranger for dinner and great conversation. Rodger had smile on his face that reach from ear to ear and was a sign of his happiness in life with his wife, his family, his home, his way of life and with his god.

Till we me again my friend!!

- Carlton Ahern

Janet Sprouse Budge
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
Darlene and family,
My heart and prayers are with you as you adjust to and cope with this change in your life. I wish I had known you all better, but what I knew was important in my life, and I thank you. Roger is through suffering and being frustrated. And you will be comforted.

Fred N
   Posted Sat February 02, 2019
To the Family,
I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Losing my parent has been difficult for me.
However, I found this scripture helpful. At 2 Cor 1:3,4 it says: “3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Hopefully thinking about what these verses state can help your family during this time as it has for me.

Thomas Hutchinson
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Darlene and Family,

I just learned today of Roger's passing . He will always have a fond memory with me. Roger was a genuine man with a big heart. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. May Heavenly Father's arms be around you, and help you through these difficult times.

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