Jeffrey W. Roach

Jeffrey W. Roach

February 18, 1966 - July 25, 2012

Jeffrey W. Roach

February 18, 1966 - July 25, 2012


It is with deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffrey W. Roach at age 46, on 25 July 2012. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, CW3 Theresa Roach (presently assigned to HQ, 40th Infantry Division); two step-sons: 2LT Patrick Carrillo, U.S. Army, at Ft. Lewis, WA and Alexander Carrillo presently attending University of Redlands; uncles, Richard (Bev) Roach, Gary (Linda) Roach, Willard (Monica) Milliman, Gary (Linda) Milliman, and David (Nancy) Milliman; and aunts, Geri Rubertino, Alice (James) McGuane, Sandra (David) Ridley and Patty (Ricki) Bishop.

LTC Roach was born on 18 February 1966 in Waterloo, NY, raised in Geneva, NY and educated at Norwich University, VT, graduating in 1988. A career Infantryman, he was commissioned in the New York National Guard in 1988, moving to California and then assigned to 4-160 IN (M) as a Platoon Leader in 1991. He served in increasingly responsible M-day and AGR capacities in 4-160 IN(M), renamed as 1-160 IN(M), serving as the battalion S-3 when he departed for Command & General Staff Officers Course in 2004. His subsequent career in the CAARNG included assignments in the 2nd Brigade, 40th Infantry Division; 2nd Battalion, 185th Armor; 1st Battalion, 185th Armor; and Headquarters, 40th Infantry Division where he completed his service as the Division’s Electronic Warfare Officer. His service includes two combat deployments to Iraq as Commander, HHC/1-185 IN 2006-2007 and as Executive Officer, 1-185 AR 2008-2009 in addition to State service at the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

LTC Roach’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star) and the Order of St. Maurice (Centurion).

A public viewing will be held on Saturday 4 August 2012, from 0800-0900 at Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA followed by a memorial service at 0900 to 1030. A gravesite committal will be held with military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego at 1400, 6 August 2012. The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be sent to the American Cancer Society’s colorectal fund in memory of LTC Jeffrey Roach.

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5 responses to Jeffrey W. Roach

  1. Mark Roach says:

    I found out from Cousin Terry that you were pissed when I shot that deer that you missed! you said at the time no big deal! Hah I knew it bothered you! I love you Cousin! My Uncles Cherished Son! Jeff your Dad was so proud of you and loved you so very much! I of course had to listen to him for hours! you gave him one of your medals! Bronze star I think he had big tears running down his face! Jeff you made your Dads life complete! I love you and T very much!
    Cousin Mark Roach

  2. Jeff
    It was an honor and a priviledge to have known you,
    your humility and courage was an inspiration to many.
    I was allowed to be one of those people…
    Thank You.
    Phil Jelnicky

  3. Jane Doe says:

    I waited till I had one year sober before I dated. My first date was with Jeff Roach & we became boyfriend & girlfriend. We found out that we had met years before & mutual friends tried to set us up at Speedway in Costa Mesa. Back then I would not go out with him as he was drunk & had quite a foul mouth. Funny how things work out.
    Later Jeff got transferred to Paso Robles & we tried to keep the relationship going. I drove out there to surprise him one weekend & realized just how far away Paso Robles was. The last memory I have was when he took me to a military function in San Diego. It was the second one I had been to with Jeff, the first being a ball held in Balboa. While in San Diego I had a feeling he had something going with a female there in the military. I ended up being correct and found out Jeff was cheating on me. I was devastated & was in disbelief that anyone working a spiritual program could be dishonest & a cheater. It took me awhile to get over it. Jeff used to talk to me about becoming a military wife & what my life would be like.
    But Jeff married the woman he was cheating on me with instead.
    I was shocked to say the least to learn by pure accident that Jeff had passed away. Jeff was 3 years younger than I & I just cannot believe he has passed on.
    My condolences to his family including his extended mitary family.

  4. L. H. Munday says:

    OMyGoodness! Just when you think you’ve seen it all,..SO unkind to use this forum to expose your bitterness,.let it go Jane Doe! Jeff wasn’t perfect, but he would be the first to say so. It was a huge part of his testimony!

  5. I am truly sorry that this happened to a great guy like Jeff, we had a wonderful working relationship there in Paso Robles, Ca. He was the liaison officer between us the training team and his unit we were teaching to deploy new equipment, namely the Bradley Fighting Vehicle M 2 . I stumbled upon his obituary trying to find information on him to get in touch with him and his wife, you are missed my good friend Rest In Peace and know you are worthy of the words welcome home my good and faithful servant job well done spoken by God. Until we all get together again my continue to walk around Heaven wearing your long white robe and sandals.

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