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Roger Lewis BagleyDecember 13, 1946 ~ June 24, 2017 (age 70)
Our valiant, faithful, loving, and kind, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and eternal companion to Jenna, Roger Lewis Bagley, passed away at his home in Tooele, UT on June 24, 2017 at the age of 70, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Roger was respected, revered, admired and loved by many whom had the blessing of knowing him. During the days that he lingered on earth before his passing, Roger was visited by many whom had been blessed by his association. Many expressions of love have brought a spirit of warmth and comfort to his home. Surrounded by many of his beloved family members, he was urged to let go and his passing was peaceful and brought needed relief to those with whom he shared loving relationships.
Roger Lewis was born on December 13, 1946, the first born child, of seven, to Royal Anderson Bagley and Iris Mary Ellen Goodwin in Logan, Utah.
As a child, Roger moved every few years with his parents and siblings, as his father, Royal, furthered his education in the Veterinary Science field. Roger lived in Logan, Utah; Fort Collins, Colorado; Murray, Utah; and lastly, Moroni, Utah, where he called home. He attended Granite Park Junior High School in Murray, Utah and attended and graduated from North Sanpete High School in Mt. Pleasant, Utah in 1965.
As a young man, he enjoyed bossing and teasing his siblings, creating works of art with pencil and paper, building model airplanes, helping to build hot rods out of jalopies, playing high school football, participating in school activities, dating pretty Sanpete girls, cruising in his pale green, 1955 Ford Fairlane, listening to 50’s and 60’s music, being cool with his Beta hair bangs, wearing madras shirts (the shirts that bled), wearing Gant brand shirts and penny loafer shoes, and being just a little bit rebellious and difficult to please.
Moving to Moroni in 1963, Roger worked with his dad and brothers raising and herding turkeys and was employed at the Turkey Processing Plant like all good Sanpete teenagers. After high school graduation he attended Fall quarter at Utah State University before fulfilling his 2 year & 3 month mission call to the West German Mission in behalf of the L.D.S. Church. The summer of 1965, before school at USU and his mission, he met a girl from the “Big City” of Orem, Utah, that being Jenna Dorene Peterson. One could say it was “Love at First Sight”. They dated from then until he entered the Language Training School in January of 1966 for three months and his departure to Germany in April of 1966. The couple was kept close by consistent and constant letter writing. Upon Roger’s return from Germany in 1968, he quickly became engaged to Jenna, enrolled at BYU and signed up for Army ROTC, making it possible to postpone his active involvement in the Vietnam War. The war came to a closure before he was called into active duty.
Roger married Jenna Dorene Peterson on November 26, 1968 in the Manti, Utah, LDS temple. They first lived in Provo, Utah, while Roger pursued his bachelor’s degree. While living there, a daughter, Monique, was born on August 11, 1970. In another two years, their son, Trevor Roger Bagley, was born on November 6, 1972 in Provo, Utah, after Roger had graduated with his bachelor’s degree from BYU and had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. Trevor was born on the exact day that Roger reported for active duty at Ft. Lee, Virginia. Roger’s Army benefits were just put in place that day before Trevor’s birth and the Army picked up the tab for this happy baby boy. Jenna soon joined Roger in Virginia for 3 months, bringing 2 yr. old Monique and 1 month old Trevor along for the adventure. The family came back to Utah for a brief visit, before relocating to Ft. Carson, Colorado, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three years were spent there. With the 3 year full time Army commitment fulfilled, and having received the rank of Captain, the decision was made to return to Utah in 1975, enlist in the Army Reserve and pursue employment. Being unsuccessful in finding satisfactory employment, it was agreed that continuing his education for two more years, with the end result being a Masters of Public Administration degree would be the best course to take. During these two years, Roger and family lived in Orem, Utah. With Jenna’s help, they managed two fourplexes for a reduction of rent, Roger received funds from the GI Bill to help with schooling expenses, he worked several part time jobs to add to the family income and served faithfully in the Army Reserve.
Upon receiving his MPA from BYU in the spring of 1978, employment was sought with success coming 4 months later. The Roger Bagley Family, consisting of 4, moved to the first house they had ever mortgaged in West Valley City, Utah after Roger found employment with the State of Utah as an internal performance auditor. On August 4, 1979, the Bagley family increased by one with the birth of Kirsten Angeline Bagley, the final addition. Continuing to live in West Valley City, Roger changed employment in 1982, beginning work for the City of Salt Lake, performing internal audits and eventually working as an Assistant Support Service Manager. Family finances were such that strict budgeting was necessary. During this time he continued to serve in the Army Reserve and received the rank of Major. His L.D.S. activity and faith never wavered during this period his life.
In 1988, Roger began the process of furthering his career and engaged in the process of applying for other employment elsewhere. The combined city and county government of Los Alamos, New Mexico, hired him as a department head in October of 1988. The family, all except Monique who stayed in Utah to attend college, moved to White Rock, New Mexico, a bedroom community of Los Alamos and began enjoying the enchantment of this location for the next 11 years. Roger began attending an Army Reserve unit that was located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about 90 miles to the south of Los Alamos. Many times, the two children and Jenna would accompany him to Albuquerque to keep him company and help keep him alert while driving back home quite late at night. Both Trevor and Kirsten graduated from Los Alamos High School during the time spent in New Mexico. Trevor served a mission to Denmark and both Monique and Trevor were married during this time frame. Roger was retired from the Army Reserve after 20 + years of dedicated and faithful service in 1993. His last rank advancement was eminent, but never awarded, retiring as a Major. His belief and activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was active, constant, and evident during these years of his life.
In 1999, Roger wanted to once again look for new employment and perhaps get hired as a city manager, the goal he had set for himself to achieve before retirement. After applying for employment with several smaller cities, he finally was offered the position of City Manager of Rupert, Idaho. He and Jenna were delighted to be moving closer to Utah and family. Trevor and Monique were out of the nest, and Kirsten was headed to college. This was the first time a move had been made without children accompanying them. A home was made in Rupert, Idaho, and Roger managed the city from 1999 to 2006, about 7 ½ years. While there, he served on the High Council of a Rupert Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as a Bishop of an L.D.S. ward. He was a very active member of his church and had a strong testimony of the gospel, his loving Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ, and strived to always be of service over and beyond the time and energy he possessed. The summer of 2006, Roger retired from his job with Rupert city and moved back to Utah to live close to two of his children in Tooele and Grantsville Utah. Roger and Jenna lived in Delta, Utah, with Jenna’s mother for 7 months while waiting for a new house to be built in Grantsville, Utah. This house was never built, due to unforeseen complications. An existing house was found in Tooele, Utah, purchased and occupied in April of 2007 where Roger resided until his death in 2017.
Roger was diagnosed with the beginning symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in 2007 at the very beginning of his retirement. From 2007 to 2011, Roger was able to enjoy a bit of traveling with Jenna, and trips with friends and family. Among the places visited and enjoyed were Nauvoo, Illinois; Branson, Missouri; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Show Low, Arizona; Bear Lake, Utah; Wayne County, Utah, other Bagley family history sites, and many trips to Delta, Utah to visit Jenna’s mother, sister and other family members whom he loved and enjoyed very much. Roger served the Tooele 29th ward as a counselor in the bishopric for about three years, before his abilities were minimized, due to advancing Parkinson’s symptoms, to the extent that he was not able to fulfill his calling as he felt was needed. He and Jenna served together for two years as Cub Scout Den Leaders. Volunteering at the Family History Library in Tooele for approximately 3 years was an enjoyable experience. He was always on a quest for the records of James B. Bagley in an effort to extend the Bagley family ancestral line. Roger took great pride knowing that Ephraim K. Hanks was a great-great-”Great!” Grandfather on his mother’s side. For 3 years up to the time of his passing, he served with Jenna as Sacrament Meeting Prayer Coordinators and Stake Missionary Communication Specialists. For the last 5 years, Roger battled along with Jenna, the advancement of his Parkinson’s symptoms. Even to the last few days of his life on this earth, hope was ever present that a recovery would occur. With the help of compassionate home care, hospice nurses and CNAs, he experienced a more comfortable and peaceful passing from this life to a more heavenly realm on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at his home in Tooele, Utah.
Throughout his life Roger was an avid collector of nutcrackers, pens, clocks, wristwatches and pocket watches, knifes, Pez dispensers, military paraphernalia, turkey trinkets, Southwestern Kachina Dolls, Story Tellers, pottery and coins. Most vacations that he took with his family were back to Utah or other locations to spend time with family. He truly honored his priesthood and faithfully fulfilled every calling presented to him by the Church. His home teaching efforts were constant and fulfilled willingly and with much love and care. Family always came first on the list of his priorities. Roger had nagging feelings about not spending enough time with his children. He expressed some regret that he had been too consumed with working to be a good provider and his constant participation in dedicated service to his L.D.S church. But, according to his children’s memories, he was always there for them.
Roger leaves behind his eternal companion, Jenna Dorene Peterson Bagley, three children: Monique Bagley Loth (Sean), Trevor Roger Bagley (Emily), and Kirsten Angeline Bagley Valdez (Rick), six living grandchildren: Andre’ Roger Bagley, Brayden Caleb Loth, Alexa Sophia Loth, Cameron Joseph (Bagley) Stiff, Liliana Renae Valdez and Isabella Valdez, four brothers: Bruce Bagley (Bonnie), Lynn Bagley (Marilyn), Darell Bagley (Lori) and Nathaniel Bobby Bowman (Shirley) and three sisters: Laura Bagley Blackham (Leonard), Janice Bagley Nelson (Kay), Beth June Bagley McArthur and numerous nephews and nieces and their families and 3 uncles and 4 aunts.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Royal A. and Iris Goodwin Bagley, Grandparents Lewis Adam and Thisbe Alecia Hanks Goodwin, Grandfather Royal Bagley, Grandmother Mary Ann Anderson Bagley, and, most recently, his beloved seventh grandchild, Nevaeh Rose Valdez (Heaven spelled backwards). And of course, Great, great, great Grandfather, Ephraim K. Hanks.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to ward or general missionary funds of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or any other worthy organization of your choice, be made.
Viewing: June 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tooele North Stake Bldg. 580 North 270 East, Tooele, Utah
Funeral Service: June 30, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tooele North Stake Bldg. 580 North 270 East, Tooele, Utah
Graveside: June 30, 2017 2:00 p.m.
Moroni City Cemetery, Moroni, Utah