Donald Scott Rogers, age 67, died on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, after the peaceful falling of snow outside his Tuolumne home, with his loving wife by his side. From his birth in Stockton, California, on Sept. 7, 1950 to Marguerite and Donald Rogers, until his death on Friday morning, he showed love to the people around him with laughter, good food, and his craftsmanship. In the early 70s he married his adoring wife Julie at Morris Chapel in Stockton. They moved to Arnold, California, which was a perfect setting for Don’s love of the outdoors.
There he provided for his family through the utilization of his carpentry skills, as he worked as a furniture and cabinet maker. He deeply loved the Sierra Nevada, and enjoyed hiking, skiing, and kayaking there, and he also loved to play tennis and exercised with Tai Chi. Don and Julie moved their family to Sonora in the late 1980s, and during this time, they participated for years with the Master’s swim program and they could be found windsurfing at Beardsley Reservoir, or camping at Lake Tahoe. He raised three children, and was blessed to be surrounded by them at the end of his life.
Don is survived by his wife, Julie; his three children, Mike, Steve, and Lauren; his son-in-law, Greg Smith; his grandson, Ethan; his brother, Tom; and many extended family members.
Don will be remembered as a kind-hearted, sweet man who always made the people around him feel appreciated and loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Sharon Shipley.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse on Greenley Road.