Roger O'BrienMarch 30, 1933 ~ February 24, 2019 (age 85)
Roger O’Brien, 85, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs February 24, 2019.
He was born Roger Stanley O’Brien March 30, 1933 in California to Raymond Charles and Helen Magdalene Alexander O’Brien. He was one of seven children, moving all over the United States in this military family. He is survived by a sister, Geraldine Rodfong, a nephew and his wife, Kerry and Susan O’Brien and their boys, Conor and Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Raymond, Gordon, Terry, Earl and Maylon.
He settled in Colorado after having moved all of his life and serving a tour in the Korean War while in the Air Force as a Supply Sgt. After being discharged he attended college at both Brigham Young University (BYU) and, Arizona State University (ASU). His majors were Theology and Journalism. He wore many hats, but his passion was to write. He was the Proprietor and Chef of the Hungry Miner Diner (The House of Yester Year in Ouray, Colorado). He was a sommelier (Wine Stewart), a table side chef, he was a Chuck Wagon Cook for the Last Cattle Drive in Arizona. He was a certified Master Gardener for the State of Colorado. Roger loved to travel; some of his destinations were Ireland, England, and Russia. Roger was an avid scuba diver and loved traveling to exotic destinations where he dived.
Roger spent his years of retirement writing and gardening. Roger invested everything he was and had in people that he loved. He spent his last days with his nephew and family and beloved companion, his Cocker Spaniel Keller in Black Forest and had 5 acres to create tranquility and beauty as the official O’Brien gardener and landscaper.