Roger Dale Coffey (1944 - 2017)

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  • "He was a Great Trooper to work with and a good man."
    - Ken Farina, Fire Chief, Ret.
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Longtime Alaska resident and retired State Trooper Roger Dale Coffey, 73, passed away on Nov. 8, 2017, in Wasilla, Alaska, with his family at his side after being diagnosed with metastatic melanoma cancer on Sept 15, 2017. He commented often that "if he passed away tomorrow," he had an amazing life, being blessed with a wonderful family, many friends and a career he loved.
Roger was born on Jan. 20, 1944, in Escalon, Calif., to Floyd and Pauline Coffey. He was raised in Stockton, Calif., until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a quartermaster on the USS Essex. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1968. Roger and his wife Catherine met in 1976, shortly before they both attended the 28th Recruit Academy for the Alaska State Troopers in 1977. After a short assignment in Anchorage, Roger served the citizens of Talkeetna, Alaska, until his retirement in 1994. He had an innate sense of the human condition and he could interact and bond with those who were lost in life or those at the highest level of social status. His street sense and judgment earned him many letters of appreciation from both superior officers and citizens in the community. Roger started a second career in 1996, working for Purcell Security on the North Slope, until his retirement in 2014. He always looked forward to going to work, where he met numerous friends.
Roger loved his career and always, in retirement, perked up at the sound of a siren. He loved Alaska in the summertime and his trips to Hawaii once a year. He enjoyed horses and flying, both part of his Talkeetna life. He was always very proud of his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Catherine; his children and their spouses, William Coffey, Samantha and Robert Milligan and Jason and Tara Coffey; grandchildren, Tyler, Ainsley, Tanner, Jase, Oakley and Lincoln; brother, Danny Coffey; sisters and their spouses, Paula and Glen Blundell and Marlene and Danny McGehee; and many friends.
A celebration of a life well lived is scheduled for next summer at their family home in Talkeetna, at which time his ashes will be planted beneath tree saplings in view of the patio, where Roger loved to start a fire, have a glass of wine and watch the activity on the lake in the evenings.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2017
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