Roger J. Bastion

05/03/1918 - 02/25/2015 Obituary
Roger J. Bastion Obituary
Roger J. Bastion was born May 3rd, 1918 to John and Helen Bastion in Adams, Massachusetts and passed away peacefully of natural causes and surrounded by family on February 25, 2015. Dad never met a ball game he didn't like. As an only child growing up in Michigan he spent every waking hour outside looking for a pick-up game of baseball. While living with his beloved grandmother, Gammy, in Massachusetts off and on during his youth, she taught him to fish. Always a picky eater, he did not want to eat the fish they caught. She told him "Roddy, if you don't eat the fish, you can't go play baseball." Needless to say he loved fish from then on. Before being inducted into the army in 1941, he played minor league baseball and had his eye on the major leagues. He set aside that dream to serve five years in WWII. During his service he became the sports columnist for the paper. His writing was smart and humorous. Even with his small 5'7" stature, he also played minor league basketball where he led his team to many championships. He wasn't a showboat on the field or the court - he was simply a great team player who had the innate ability to help his team get the win.
At 19, soon after learning to play golf, he set a world record at Lancaster Hills golf course in Berkley, Michigan by playing 207 holes in one day, with only three clubs, averaging 74 strokes per 18 holes, while trotting the first 54 holes then settling into a brisk walk. It all started when his fellow caddies bet him $4.00 that he couldn't beat the existing 173 hole record. He enjoyed the game of golf for the next 60 years and had nine holes-in-one under his belt.
Roger married the love of his life, Margaret (Underwood) Dague, in 1954 in Athol, Massachusetts. They always had a good chuckle telling the story of that little town where they wed. Roger and Margo enjoyed 50 years together. They were quite the pair - he, reserved and charming, she, witty and spunky. He retired from Calcot in 1981 where he worked as a computer operator for 25 years and, as any true morning person would understand, he loved his 3a -11a shift. He then went on to manage Valle Grande golf course for a while, then fully retired so he'd have more time to play.
A beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, he cared deeply for his family. Papa was a great role model and teacher, always there, caring, forgiving, and trustworthy. He taught us about love, respect, responsibility, and patience. From him we learned how to play just about every sport, how to drive (but not fast). He was genuine with everyone, absolutely no machismo, 100% himself 100% of the time.
His relationship with God was personal, never an evangelist, but often going to church alone to pray for others. He had true compassion for the plight of the poor, especially those in Mexico.
Thus speaketh The Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother.
Zechariah 7:9.
He lived just as his favorite crooner sang, "Regrets, I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way."
Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Margo, on Feb. 25, 2004, Roger leaves behind daughters Barbara Eagle (David), and Trudy Sanchez. Grandchildren Roger Clark (Kayla), Cacie Hollins (Julian), John Rosenberger, Tracy Roberts (Melvin), and Rick Rosenberger (Lilly). Great-grandchildren Tricia, Nikki, Ricky, Lauren, Lexi, Michael, Zachary, Juliette, Julian, Justyn Cais, Tyler Bastion, Colin, Jack, and Amelia, and great-great-granddaughter Riley.
The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Columbus Estates Retirement Community where he lived happily for the past three years, More Care and All Care for their assistance, and Hoffmann Hospice for their tender care, a Godsend in his final days.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 5th, at 1:00pm at the Hillcrest Memorial Park chapel 9101 Kern Canyon Road, officiated by Pastor Willie Hollins, followed by a gathering at David and Barbara's home.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 3, 2015
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