Mr. Roth will be greatly missed! He taught me and many of my fellow classmates toe love of folk music at Stayton Middle School. It broke my heart when I heard he passed away!
It was a wonderful celebration of Pete's life and spirit last Saturday--an amazing gathering of people with whom Pete shared his life and his gift of music.
I will always remember first meeting him at the Haystack Songwriting Workshop at Cannon Beach in 1979. That meeting led us to an incredible musical collaboration partnership. We co-authored a boxcar full of music and lyrics for individual songs, for the musical "Halfway Home," and for Pete's Christmas musical adpatation of "The Gift of the Magi."
I have so many wonderful memories of Pete. Our Friday night video game marathons; countless Pietro's "Bartender's Special" pizzas (absolutely NO mushrooms!); Ripoff the cat; rehearsals of our musical "Halfway Home" in his apartment in Salem; introducing him to the music of Bill Staines; going to the Barbershop Singing Competition at Willamette University; meeting his future bride, Elaine, for the first time at dinner at Jake's in Portland; and always trying out a new song or a lyric on him--his opinion was invaluable.
Finally, I must include one of Pete's humorous poems here. It's one that I first heard at the Haystack Workshop and have never forgotten:
"It goes without thinkin'
That bars are for drinkin'
And yet, somehow, that's absurd.
They're also for givin'
Musicians a livin'
But in bars, it's sure hard to be heard."
Well, I heard you Pete, and I'm so thankful I did. You were fine musician and my steadfast friend.
Thanks so much for everything buddy.
Pete and I were at Willamette together. I rember fondly the serenades when the Kappa Sigs came. They were always
Good. After graduation I stayed in Salem and Pete and I maintained a friendship that was just that.
He would sometimes call just to talk about world affairs. I remember when he worked at the pizza parlor so he could play the piano after hours.
Sometimes we went fishing up the canyon. Pete also drove me out to the farm house area of Marion county for Stan B's campaign. He didn't want to talk to voters but he knew I didn't have a car.
He had a little bit of competition in him. I had caught a 13 inch cut throat trout on a trip to Idaho with a guy I was dating and his family. Pete wouldn't take me fishing again until he caught a bigger fish.
We both got busy with careers and life. The last time I saw him was the big do in Turner near his retirement. You could tell that he was a much loved teacher that night. Reading the other comments has only cemented in my mind his calling as a teacher.
Marcia Kelley Willamette 70. Lee House Salem
Who could forget El Don Gato or Big Blue... You saved me from boredom and encouraged me to express my creativity. You taught us all how to take learning and growing seriously but not to take ourselves too seriously. You taught us to appreciate and respect each other's individuality - as well as to love music! I have taught many of those fun and silly songs to my son and I am sure he will share them with his children someday. The Nash girls will ALL ALWAYS remember you fondly and your legacy will live on through all of us. I know You will be missed for now but I am certain that I will see you again someday, Sir. Thank you!
Thank you so much for leaving messages on the guest book. You were all very important to him and you would be surprised at the little mementos he kept to remind him of you.
Elaine and Ben
Mr Roth was a wonderful teacher. After 30 years there are so many songs learned in his class that are still in my memories. Thank you to the man who made music fun and kept my mind opened to many genres of music, not just mainstream. I truely wished my own children could have had the experience of Mr Roth playing the guitar or piano whole heartily to whatever song was being shared that day. My personal favorites were Senor Don Gato and Muleskinner.
Pete entertained my family after our wedding with his music. His original version of how St. Pat drove the snakes from Ireland was one of the highlights...my siblings still talk about it. Pete, we will miss your gift of music and humor.
It wasn't until I looked back as an adult that I realized just how cool Mr. Roth was. I mean, he had us singing the Beach Boys, the Beatles (and more!) in our school programs. His music classes were never boring and I can still remember some of them like it was yesterday.
Thank you, Mr. Roth, for fostering a love of and appreciation for music in me. Thank you for everything you taught me and so many others. You made such a difference in so many lives and you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Mr. Roth you made such an amazing difference in not only my kids lives but so many peoples lives. It's not often that a teacher can bring out such determination and happiness in a child. I saw this in all three of mine through what you taught them.
You will be sadly missed by so many, your purpose in this temporary world is known by all and I would say accomplished wonderfully.
Prayers to your wife and son during this difficult time.
I remember Pete as lisas wonderful brother in my childhood. In later years he and his wife graciously hosted a gathering of Lisas friends when she returned to the portland area. My heart and prayers go out to his family. I pray for Gods peace for u all. It is so hard, but a day at a time.
The Kappa Sigma serenades at Willamette University under Pete's direction, were THE best around. In spite of a dedicated monotone section, it was always such a special treat to assemble for a Kappa Sigma serenade. It is heartwarming to know that he touched so many lives with his gift, and that this gift will continue to enrich so many lives.
Pam Buzan, Alpha Phi
Willamette Univ., '72
Mr. Roth, I will always admire you and respect your love for music and children. Thank you for introducing singing and wonderful music to us all. You are greatly missed by many.
May you always be remembered.
Beth Hall (Gregson)
Peter Roth communicated best with kids and they adored him. Our daughters received a musical and a confidence boost via his introduction of his world. We mothers were aghast at the collection of fast food containers in his car, but realize that his relationship with our kids is what it's all about.
Pete was a life long friend who left way too soon.
Thank you for the great memories Mr. Roth, your music class at the Stayton Elementary not only inspired us to love music, learn how to name a song by 1 or 2 toons (game we played) learn about the Loch Ness monster.... your hair, corduroy pants and music class will live in our hearts forever!
Thank you for teaching us to appreciate music. You were a great teacher!!! But I still can't play the recorder!!!!
As a Kappa Sigma fraternity brother at Willamette University Pete Roth was one who encouraged other brothers to not only get involved in the house but to sing...something foreign to a lot of us. Pete made serenading fun and enriching, adding to the whole college experience. Sharing this enthusiasm for music with his students through the years fulfilled one of his life's goals.
Pete will be missed by his fraternity brothers at our get togethers, former students, friends and most sorely by his family. We miss you Pete and you will always be in our hearts and voices.
Donald Moore, Lake Oswego
Mr. Roth was the best teacher any student could ever ask for. He was my elementary music teacher and folk ensemble teacher. He made every day the best day in music. He was goofy and kind hearted. He was always telling me to just try something new to see if I would like it. I was always terrified to sing in front of others, but he encouraged me to just try it. He brought so much joy to my childhood through music that I can never express my gratitude enough.
Rockin' Robin has always been and will forever be a reminder of the best music teacher anyone could ever ask for.
High School Class of '04
Mr. Roth was one of those unusual teachers who seemed to have a way with reaching his students regardless of their personalities. He was never bothered by our sometimes unruly behavior. So many good memories involving him: Christmas concerts on the risers in the grade school gym, music appreciation in the multi-level room at the middle school, Folk Ensemble practice, Peanuts music as a reward at the end of class, and always, the hair. The only songs that I know all the words to are the songs I learned so long ago in Mr. Roth's class.
He was my music teacher at Stayton Elementary in the late 70's. What a patient man and he made it fun. He worked hard and did it all. What a gift he was. Thank you to his family for sharing him for so long.
Mr. Roth made a difference. He showed many of us how the arts make a difference in this life, and he did that teaching with a sense of humor and so, so much patience. I am so grateful that I was his student.
Elaine - So sorry for your loss. You and Ben will be in my prayers.
Johnny Be Good! My siblings and I, with several years between us, each had a special nickname given by Mr. Roth, our music teacher. So many great memories of the classic rock, the hair, the pants. Yellow Submarine.
Mr. Roth was my music teacher in 1975 and also taught all three of my children in the 90's. He was the most amazing music teacher and shared his love of all music with his students.
Peter Roth, you will be greatly missed by all who knew you.
Words cannot express my sincerest deep hearted condolences to the family of the fantastic Mr. Roth. To have such an inspirational teacher in our community for so many years is truly a gift, a gift that in his giving inspired so many musicians in our area. First songs, recorder playing, and the infamous music for assemblies touch the hearts of students who learn with music. The ability for one individual to have made such an impact not only in the school district but in the community as well serves as a testament to his character. As you look for comfort in this very difficult time, know that there are many other students like myself who looked up to him and couldn't wait for music class to come around. He inspired many of us to continue our music careers because of his love of the craft. May he bring the musical sounds of joy to the children and adults in the heavens.
I only had my Roth as a teacher for a few years, but I still got to see how good of a man he was in that time.
Mr. Roth was my daughter's music teacher through out her education at Stayton. He was an amazing teacher and meant so much to Zady. He will be greatly missed.
Mr. Roth was my music teacher in the 90's. I took part in his Folk Ensemble, where he taught me how to play the guitar. The North Santiam School District was extremely lucky to have such a talented person working for them. He will be missed!
Mr. Roth was my music teacher at Stayton Grade School. He's the reason I wore purple every Friday, because I really reallllly wanted him to pick me to be a purple people eater. I used to love his story about why there are no snakes in Ireland during St. Patty's day. He was a wonderful man and teacher who I never forgot, and never will!
Pete was our song-leader in the Kappa Sigma house at Willamette. I marveled at the way he could get 45 untrained not-particularly-musical guys to sing in 4 part harmony and actually sound cool in front of the co-eds we serenaded. Song practice was a high point of my day. Pete stayed a friend throughout his life and I enjoyed seeing him regularly over the last 10-15 years. Pete, we will miss you. Alpha Ep!
David Greger '72 Willamette U.
My Children loved this man. I have not had the heart to tell them of his passing. He was truley a wonderful teacher who cared very much for the kids. You will be missed Mr. Roth
I am so very sad to hear this, Mr. Roth was my music teacher throughout elementary and middle school, I was also in ensemble with him throughout middle school,he has inspired me in so many ways, he turned me on to CCR and taught me so many valuable lessons. I am one of many people who loved him as a teacher and appreciated his time. I will never forget how he gave me the nickname of Savannah Georgia :) I pray that his family can find some sort of peace in this and we(his students) will carry the memories of his inspiration in music. Rest in Paradise Mr. Roth Gone,but never forgotten.
Mr. Roth was my music teacher at North Santiam School in the early 70's,he was a great teacher,i loved the way he taught us his ways of music,the way he threw his guitar up &slapped the back of it!!He also taught my two sons at Stayton Elementary School.R.I.P Mr. Roth
Mr. Roth was my music teacher in the late 70's. He was the coolest teacher ever and made me love music. I never forgot him or his "groovy" style. I always think of Mr. Roth when I hear the "Peanuts" theme song which he would play on the piano as we walked into the gymnasium for our "performances" or for assemblies. Thank you Mr. Roth, my prayers go out to your family.