Ernest H. Rogers
1922 - 2009
Ernest H. Rogers died May 18, 2009 in Payson. He was born June 13, 1922 in Portland, Ore.
Mr. Rogers attended Jefferson High School in Portland, Ore. and graduated in 1939. He initially worked in the shipyards supporting the war effort. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in December 1942. He attended Georgia Tech University for two years in the engineering officer candidate program. When this program was canceled in late 1943, he joined an air commando unit and saw combat in the Philippines.
After the war, Mr. Rogers attended the University of Washington, graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering. His initial work assignments were in the Seattle area in construction, later working for the King County Water Works. From there he moved to the Portland Cement Association in Seattle, later transferred to San Francisco. Mr. Rogers finished his professional career as president of the California Concrete Pipe Association. His proudest professional accomplishment was being published in the civil engineering design manual, this work centered on developing the design parameters for cement pipe recognizing the deterioration caused by hydrosulfides.
Mr. Rogers was married to Stella Brooks in 1948; she died in 1995. In 1997, Mr. Rogers married Mary Brown, who became the love of his life.
Mr. Rogers came to Arizona in 1984 living in Fountain Hills and summering in Payson. He found life much preferable in Payson and moved here permanently. Mr. Rogers was active in Bird Busters of Payson.
He is survived by Mary and his extended family. While Mr. Rogers had no children of his own, he delighted in the family that Mary brought to him and his own nephews, Roger Becker and Craig Becker and their families.
Services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 22 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St. in Payson.