2017-09-21 / Obituaries

Roscoe Rowney

Roscoe Rowney passed away at his childhood home on Silver Bar Road in August 2017.

Roscoe was born in the J.C. Fremont Hospital in January 1953. He attended Mariposa County elementary and high schools.

Roscoe attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., graduating with a degree in forestry. Roscoe put himself through college working for the U.S. Forest

Service on the Jerseydale fire crew and was a smoke jumper with over 50 jumps, based in Redding, Calif. He received his professional foresters license from the State of California and worked for California State Lands Department for approximately 2-½ years.

In 1980, Roscoe started a career with the California Division of Forestry (now CAL FIRE) working as a forester in Eureka, King City, Fresno (Region) and Mariposa. Roscoe retired from CAL FIRE as a Division Chief in 2011.

Roscoe was well known in Mariposa for his remarkable bicycle and skiing experiences, including regular rides from Mariposa to Yosemite Valley and volunteer time maintaining mountain bike trails at the Stockton Creek Conservancy.

It’s been one year since he was diagnosed with glioblastoma. He survived the first tumor last fall and continued to cycle and ski through the winter. A subsequent, deeper tumor was detected in the spring. He never complained and he was gracious to all he encountered.

Roscoe enjoyed his brothers and sisters: Beatrice, Veronica, Christopher, Jill, Teresa, Mark and Melissa.

Graveside services will be at the Catholic Church cemetery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. A memorial including CAL FIREservices will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

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Gonna be missed. A good man,

Gonna be missed. A good man, and a credit to the forestry profession and the department.

Happy riding Roscoe, hope you

Happy riding Roscoe, hope you explore many new trails! Gone too soon my friend.

There is love when you can

There is love when you can call someone your brother. How does one live forth when part of your life departs outside ones reach? It is an affliction and mystery of existence that is in the loving hands of our sovereign creator.

Rest In Peace my long time

Rest In Peace my long time friend and may Perpetual Light shine upon you.

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