Joseph Michael Roth, 56, formerly of St. Joseph, Michigan, died June 10, at his home in California. Joe was born December 14, 1954 to Norman G. and Rose Marie Roth.
Joe was a 1973 graduate of St. Joseph High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Grand Valley State College. He studied French language and culture at Institut d’Etudes FranÃ§aises de Touraine and earned a degree in Economics from Universite Francois Rablais de Tours, in France. As a part of his studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management, he attended Oxford Centre for Management, Oxford England, and Management Centre Europe, in Belgium.
A natural athlete, he enjoyed running, skiing, swimming, surfing, and scuba diving. He was also accomplished in fencing, archery, Tae Kwon Do, and held a Black Belt in Karate. Throughout his youth, he spent summers as a lifeguard at Jean Klock, Tiscornia, and Lions Park Beach. For the past 30 years he worked in the film industry, first as a stunt man, then as an actor and producer.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, Norman G. Roth, in 2007. He leaves to cherish his memory; mother, Rose Marie Roth; sisters and brothers, Sue Roth McAllister, Bill Roth, Ginny Roth Privett, Sandy Roth Greening, David Roth; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Joe loved animals, especially his dogs. Those who wish to honor his memory may give a gift to the Humane Society, Animal Aid, or an organization of the donor’s choice. Services have been held. Arrangements by O’Connor Mortuary, Laguna Hills, CA.