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ROGER LEON TRIMBLE ~ Class of 1967
May 24, 1949 - June 26, 2004

Roger Leon Trimble, 55, of Boise, passed away at his home on June 26, 2004, after a spirited battle with cancer. Memorial services will be Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 3 p.m. at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale Road, Boise, with a celebration of his life to be held at Quinn's Lounge immediately following.

Roger was born May 24, 1949, in Moran, KS, to Stanley J. and Mary Jane Roof Trimble. He graduated from Columbia High in Richland, WA, in 1967. In 1974, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University in Pullman, WA, and remained a staunch supporter and member of the Alumni Association. He was also active in the U.S. Air Force National Guard from 1971-77.

Roger was a loyal, compassionate man with a tremendous love of life. He truly loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golf, travel and dear friends. Roger married his longtime friend and love, Pamela Pickens in January of this year. They enjoyed spending time together at home, on the road, in the mountains and on the river along with their boys (dogs) Quincy and Murphy.

Roger always had time for a friend, whether to lend an ear or a hand. Roger had a gentle disposition and people were drawn in by his great sense of humor, engaged by his stories and graced with his genuine interest in their lives. During the course of his battle with cancer, he was called, visited, comforted and supported emotionally by a countless number of friends and acquaintances from all over the country. Roger's love for the land led him to his career with the Bureau of Land Management in the fire management program. From 1971 through 1986 while attending college and after graduation, he worked in various fire positions in the Fairbanks and Anchorage districts in Alaska, becoming a BLM Alaska state office fire staff officer, and then was selected as the manager of the Alaska Fire Service (AFS). In 1986, Roger transferred to Washington, D.C., to become the lead staff officer in the BLM national fire management program and in 1990 moved to Boise, Idaho, to become the BLM Associate Director at the National Interagency Fire Center. After 5 years in Boise, he transferred back to the BLM Washington office until his retirement in 1999. His contribution to the BLM and to the national interagency fire management program was significant.

Roger is survived by his wife Pam Trimble of Boise; grandmother Katherine Roof of Uniontown, KS; brother Dave (Debbie) Trimble of Vancouver, WA; sister Janet (Bill) McGuffey of North Bend, OH; nephew Marcus Trimble and niece Katie Trimble of Vancouver, WA; stepdaughters Melinda Melvin of Warren, OH, and Rebecca (Chad) Harvey of Pearl, MS; grandsons Hunter and Chance Harvey. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Mary Jane Trimble and two brothers Gary Lynn Trimble and Mark Jay Trimble.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mountain States Tumor Institute, 100 E. Idaho, Boise, ID 83712 or St. Luke's Hospice, 190 E. Bannock, Boise, ID 83712.

Published in the Tri-City Herald on 6/29/2004. Click HERE to view/sign a guest book.