January 19, 1934 – November 24, 2019
Roger CARMEN was born on January 19, 1934 in Paterson, NJ and passed away on November 24, 2019.
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November 28, 2019
“On a first date in 1956, Roger kissed me goodnight, following an Elvis Presley movie and walked away in his grey tweed overcoat. I thought ‘hmm’, is he the one…”
Long time Anchorage Resident Roger Carmen, 86, passed away on November 24, 2019, at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.
Born to John and Edna Carmen in Patterson New Jersey on January 19, 1934, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska in the early 1950s. He attended Anchorage High School and graduated in 1951. His love of basketball was recognized beyond high school as a member of the Western Alaska All-star basketball team. His nickname was “Kangaroo Carmen” in college and his moves lasted until his career ended when he was nearly 65 years old.
Following Roger’s military experiences, he was later employed and retired from Grocer’s Wholesale/Dryers at the age of 46. Roger loved the stock market.
He and Anna (Martin) were married on May 14, 1960, at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Palmer Alaska. The couple raised four amazing children: Mark J. Carmen, Todd M. Carmen, Lynn J. Carmen Day, and Brad C. Carmen. Roger’s early retirement allowed him to enjoy the sports activities and adventures of his kids.
The couple travelled to the East and West Coast of Mexico, Caribbean, Australia, Caymans, and enjoyed many cruises. As snowbirds, the best travels were the 30 roundtrips on the Alaska Highway.
He was a gentle, honest, and trustworthy husband and father. His kindness and integrity were exemplified in all of his good deeds to others—he would never hurt another.
He was a magnet to dogs that he met on his daily walks and life’s journey. The dogs loved him and it was mutual.
Survived by spouse, 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; brother Steven (and spouse Ursula) Carmen of Vancouver. By the divine hands of God, every family member was present in Las Vegas visiting Roger and surrounded him on his day of passing.
Cremains to rest with his beloved son Todd at Angeles Cemetery.