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Roger Herrera, 66, formerly of Salinas, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Fresno.
Roger was one of ten children born to Gilbert and Grace Herrera. He grew up in Greenfield and graduated from King City High in 1964. Shortly following high school, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years mainly in Vieques, Puerto Rico. He worked for PG&E in Salinas for many years, and then moved to Madera where he worked as an administrator in the parole division of the California State Prison.
For many years, Roger was a member of Toastmasters and a volunteer for the suicide prevention center. Roger had many talents and hobbies. He painted award winning classic cars, was a detailed artist in his drawings, and loved photography. His greatest love though was for his daughter, Kelsey.
Roger is survived by his daughter, Kelsey Herrera of Madera; his parents, Gilbert and Grace of Salinas; his sisters, Chris Salgado of Ventura, Camilla Fish (Greg) of San Jose, Corky Estave (Michael) of Baton Rouge, LA, Cassie Lazaro (Jon) of Folsom, Celeste Herrera-Montgomery (Tim) of Salinas and Cerina Locke (Donald) of Scotts Valley. He is also survived by his brothers, David Herrera (Stacy) of Daly City, Jon Herrera of Salinas, and Christian Herrera (Susan) of San Jose. He also leaves behind 23 nephews and nieces.
Memorial services are scheduled for this Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the VFW Post 1981 in Madera.
Chapel of the Light in Fresno are handling arrangements.
Published in The Salinas Californian on Apr. 3, 2013