Roy Henry DeFisher
November 8, 1938 – March 11, 2018
Roy H. DeFisher, age 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Roy was born November 8, 1938, in Rochester, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.
Roy came to California on Thanksgiving Day in 1957 and was stationed at Oxnard Air Force Base. He wore various occupational hats throughout his life. Many were connected to the hydraulic, mechanical, and fabricating fields. His favorite job by far was his last one in which he started a brand new business, B&R (Brian and Roy) Fabrication with his son Brian at the age of 62.
There were many hobbies that kept Roy busy. He enjoyed scroll-sawing, hunting, traveling in the motorhome, supporting his grandchildren in their many activities, eating with family and friends, spending time in the vacation home in South Dakota, restoring his model T, and helping anybody with any need. He also enjoyed becoming an active part of his church after accepting Christ as his savior in 2010.
One of his greatest passions in life was being a part of Little League Baseball. Roy never played or had been around the sport until his son, Brian, was in the farm division at Montalvo Little League in 1977. What started as a volunteer manager position evolved into other positions such as player agent, president, grounds keeper and chief umpire. Being an umpire was by far his favorite Little League accomplishment. His umpire career highlights included: Western Regionals (1986- San Bernardino), Junior League World Series (1988- Taylor, MI), World Series (1995- Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Senior League Canadian Nationals (1997- Alberta, Canada), and his proudest moment, World Series (1992- Williamsport, PA).
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; daughter, Dawn (Michael) Damianos; son, Brian (Shannon) DeFisher; grandchildren, Shelbee and Zoe Damianos, Timothy and Cori DeFisher. He leaves behind sister-in-law, Mary DeFisher; nephew, Stan (Jenny) DeFisher and their son Alex. He was also blessed with several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 pm, at First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road, Ventura, CA, with a reception immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Little League may be made to: District 63 c/o Susan Lindahl, 4848 Colt St. #14, Ventura, CA 93003.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
- Memorial Service Thursday, March 22, 2018
Roy Henry DeFisher
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March 22, 2018
It was an honor to have known Roy. As his next door neighbor, I was lucky enough to get to know him and learn from him. I always admired his intelligence, his work ethic, his morals, what a good father he was, and the fact that he gave so much back to the community as a tireless worker and umpire for Montalvo Little League. He was a good man with a good family. He was an excellent role model to me as well, as I was a young father at that time. I feel very lucky to have known him and to have called him my friend.
March 22, 2018
Patricia, I was so very sorry to learn of your husband Roy's passing. May the beautiful memories you two shared be forever in your heart. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this most difficult time.
March 16, 2018
I grew up in Montalvo about a block from The DeFishers. Brian and I were friends growing up. My first memory of Roy was about 40 years ago when he was an umpire at the Little League baseball field. I was not playing, just messing around in the stands. Roy stopped the game to kick me out of the field. 10 years later Roy hired me at Hale's Engineering. Roy took me under his wing and started me on my carrier path. Roy taught me to work hard and take pride in what you do. I had the privilege of working with Roy and Brian for many years and learning the mechanical trade from them. I also have very fond memories of hunting and fishing with Roy and Brian. Those were truly the good old days. Roy will be greatly missed but his memories will never be forgotten.
March 13, 2018
Roy was the first person I saw after I checked the little box 'UMPIRE' when asked what I wanted to volunteer as when I signed my son up for Little League in 1995. He ran me though the "routine" in the 3-hour Sunday clinic, and I was on my first game the following Thursday..., ALONE, all my gear on the outside of my clothes; wearing jeans and a ponytail to the middle of my back. As of last season - after umpiring minor A Little League through professional Single A baseball - I still let Roy know where I was working and asked him to come observe me because I wanted his input. Gratefully he showed up for a lot of those games and I ALWAYS worked harder knowing he was there. Roy and I share an amazing mutual experience.. we are the ONLY umpires from District 63 to umpire the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. We were 25 years apart AND he was there for me the entire tournament! He was IN HEAVEN. He saw people he hadn't seen in YEARS and I brought him into as as many 'restricted' areas as possible. I couldn't have been more proud to be the next person to represent our District after Roy. All the time I've shared countless breakfasts at Art's Corner Cafe meals and district and Association meetings... there's a HUGE hole in my heart that will never be filled. My soul and energies to my great friend, confidant and mentor... Roy DeFisher
March 13, 2018
Roy and I began our friendship nearly 45 years ago on a baseball diamond. I called to ask him to join me in umpiring a senior league all-star game in Goleta Valley. He had only been umpiring for about six months but as was typical of him throughout his life he agreed. We had what one might call a 'rocky' game, but it began a friendship that would last for years to come. We traveled and umpired together for many years and developed an umpire training program for Little League District 63. He was the consummate Little League umpire and volunteer. His donated service to Little League Western Region will remain a legacy for years to come.
I can't begin to tell you the value of our relationship and while we had wandered apart as our family's grew, whenever we saw each other it was like time had stood still. I will always cherish our years of umpiring together and he will remain a role model for all who wish to be a volunteer. God Bless you Roy .
Janice and Sam Palmer
March 13, 2018
Janice and Sandy and Sam and Mike, Pat and Roy
The times we had the friendship we shared. What a void I feel at this time.
Sam and Janice Palmer
March 13, 2018
The truest friend anyone could ever hope for !
Michael and Joanne Kincaid
March 12, 2018
Roy was "one in a million". He was my mentor as an umpire. He was by my side in many job opportunities, but most of all he was a FRIEND. My family referred to Roy as "Mr. D" myself included. He was always great to be around. Roy taught me the true love of volunteering. He never asked for any payment except for a cup of coffee when doing things for Little League. Such a humble man, Roy's legacy will live on FOREVER.
Our love to you Patricia, and the family....