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Robert Sean Roarty(May 20, 1959)

ROARTY, Robert Sean, 53, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Tacoma, WA. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, May 20, 1959, he moved with his family to Tampa, Florida, in 1973, and graduated from Tampa Catholic High School in 1978, where he had excelled as an athlete in track and field. Over a 3 year span he won 35 of 36 dual meet competitions in the mile-run, and was a State Championship finalist in each of those same 3 years. To this day, Robert is still the school record-holder for both the individual mile run, as well as a member of the 2-mile relay team. He received numerous university scholarship offers, including a 4 year offer from the U.S. Naval Academy. He accepted a scholarship from the University of Richmond, VA where he attended before enlisting in the U. S. Air Force in 1982. Robert's 12 years active duty service followed by a 10 year service in the Air Force Reserves was marked with extraordinary achievements and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Air Force Commendation Medals, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Outstanding Unit award. While assigned as a Target Intelligence Craftsman, Robert was hand-picked to serve as Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) within Target Intelligence for the 4450th Tactical Group and 37th Fighter Wing, which flew the F-117A Stealth Fighter. Robert retired as an Air Force Master Sergeant. Overlapping his period of service with Air Force Reserves was his employment with State Farm Insurance Companies, a term which had exceeded 13 years at the time of his passing. Robert worked mostly within the Special Investigative Unit, and was known for having a passion for investigation and training others about insurance fraud. He was an active member of Western States Auto Theft Investigation Assn. and Puget Sound Special Investigators. He completed his interrupted college career by obtaining a degree from George Fox University, a Christian University of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Newberg, Oregon. He was very active in his community and church, serving on the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools of Lakewood and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church Pastoral Council. Robert is survived by his wife, Angela Gray Roarty, and their daughter, Gabrielle Alyssa Roarty. He is also survived by his parents, Michael and Judith Roarty of Tampa, Florida and two brothers, Kevin Roarty of Largo, Florida, and Mark Roarty of Poland, Ohio. Visitation Services were held on July 5th at Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, Lakewood, WA. Memorial Mass Services were held July 6th at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Lakewood, WA followed by interment with Full Military Honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Tampa Catholic H.S., 4630 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, FL 33603 or St. Frances Cabrini School, 5621 108th St. SW, Lakewood WA 98499.

Published in TBO.com from July 15 to Aug. 14, 2012
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