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Roger B. Whomes

April 6, 1955

January 28, 2014

Roger was born April 6, 1955 to Donald and Willetta Whomes in Fallon, Nevada. He attended West End school, EC Best Jr. High School and Churchill County High School. In 1971 the family moved to Reno. Roger's junior and senior year were spent at Bishop Manogue High School where he played on the Manogue football and basketball teams. He graduated in 1973.

Roger attended the University of Nevada at Reno. He was born to be in law enforcement. While at the University, he began working as a volunteer with the Sparks Auxilary Police department. He also worked at Whittenburg Hall Juvenile Detention center. Roger studied Education and graduated in 1979.

After UNR he enrolled in the Reno Police Academy where he worked for two years. He then attended the McGeorge School of Law where he earned a Jurist Doctor degree in 1985.

Roger joined the Washoe County District Attorney's office after graduation. He worked in that office for 18 years, with a three year hiatus in private practice. During his time at the District Attorney's office he was Chairman of the DUI Task Force and developed criteria for investigating and prosecuting DUI's. Roger was the prosecutor in more than 100 jury trials. He finished his time with Washoe County with two years in the Public Defender's office.

Roger ran a strong campaign in pursuit of the office of Washoe County District Attorney in 2010, missing election to that office by a narrow margin. He later joined the Humbolt County District Attorney's office in Winnemucca, where he worked for nearly three years. He retired from that office in January of 2014.

Roger was an avid sportsman beginning as a 12 year old, deer hunting in Monitor Valley outside of Austin, Nevada. He grew up fishing at Birch Creek and Kingston Canyon. He hunted birds, deer, antelope and elk. Roger belonged to the Humbolt Hunt club, where he included his family in all of these activities and made many friends. He loved Nevada: its mountains, its deserts, its streams, its wildlife, and most of all, Roger loved its vast size and peaceful silence.

Roger also loved running. He belonged to a running club and really enjoyed the camaraderie. He loved running the trails, especially Steamboat ditch. He entered and finished numerous marathons and lesser distances, almost always to raise money for a worthy cause.

Roger surrendered to God's calling and went to His welcoming arms on January 28, 2014. May he rest in the shadow of God in heaven and find the peace and joy he so richly deserves.

Roger is proudly survived by his parents, Donald and Willetta Whomes, his children, John and Kathryn Whomes, his sister, Lisa Merrill, brother-in-law Mike, his loving nephews, Gregory and Jack. He also had many loving aunts and cousins.

A Rosary will be held for Roger at St. Albert the Great Catholic church at 7 pm on Friday, February 7, 2014. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, February 8th, at st. Albert Catholic church. A reception will follow.

The Whomes family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Catholic Charities in Roger's name.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Feb. 6, 2014.
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February 9, 2014
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Whomes, and Lisa,
I was so sorry to hear about Roger. My prayers are with you all. Roger is at Peace with Jesus now. I will keep him in my prayers. Sincerely
Maureen Ely
February 9, 2014
I was so sad to hear of Roger's passing. He was a familiar face in our Courts. He and his wife attended Christmas parties at my home many years ago and it was always a joy to be in his presence. May God fold him in his loving arms and may He also bless his children at this sorrowful time.
Oma Carlisi
February 8, 2014
Rest in peace, brother, we love you.
Michael and Heidi Jeffers
michael jeffers
February 8, 2014
Dear Don, Lisa and Willeta,
I was so sad to hear of Roger's passing. He was an incredibly loyal and supportive friend. With loving thoughts and sincere condolences. Diana
Diana Kern
February 7, 2014
Dear Lisa, love and peace to you and your family,

Rossi family
February 7, 2014
I can hear his gentle, firm voice of confidence and support for those he served and protected. He innately discerned and exemplified a balance of justice and fairness throughout his life that should be a standard for those in power to rekindle the selfless nature of public service. His presence is greatly missed, but his impact upon those he served should last throughout their own lives.
Michael Neil O'Callaghan
February 7, 2014
Roger was a wonderful man -
Always a smile and warm hello when our paths would cross over the years since in peace, Roger
Ellen Egan
February 6, 2014
I wish to send my sympathony to you for your loss of Roger. I am sorry to hear this. i will pray for you, Donald & Whilleta & Roger. Peace be yours.Sincerely Yours, Mary Beaubriand
February 6, 2014
Dear Don,Willie,and Lisa,
So sorry for your loss. May you feel God's arms around you now and alwAys.
Sue Shank (Kay's daughter) Nixon
February 6, 2014
Dear Whomes Family, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to each and everyone of you John, I will always be there for you. Roger... may you rest in peace... Love to all of you. Sofi Henderson
February 6, 2014
Dear Whomes Family,

Please accept my sincere condolences at your loss. I knew and worked with Roger throughout his law enforcement career and enjoyed our personal and professional relationship. He was a great friend and colleague and I will miss him.
Mike Neville
February 5, 2014
Dear Don, Willie, and Lisa, I know there are no words that can take away your grief and anguish. My love and prayers are with you.
Carol Miler Alley
February 5, 2014
Dear Willie, Don and family: Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this sorrowful time in your lives. I most sincerely wish that your son were still with you.
Joyce Miller-Nusz
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