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1944 Roger 2015

Roger Muir

April 16, 1944 — April 4, 2015

Roger passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home Saturday, April 4, 2015. He was born April 16, 1944 in Cedar City, Utah to Chester and Norma Muir. He grew up in Orem and graduated from Orem High School in 1962. He joined the National Guard in July 1962 and served until July 1970.

He married Gayla Rowley in 1965; they later divorced but remained good friends and was special in his family's life. Together they had a wonderful daughter, Shauna (Doug) Hoyt and three precious grandchildren, Cameron, Lauren and Dallin Hoyt.

He was very adventurous and loved nature and the great outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, rock climbing and prospecting with friends and family. He also enjoyed rock hounding and learned the art of silver-smithing and made beautiful jewelry. He even tanned a rattlesnake and mounted a silver-smithed trilobite he had found for a unique hat band. He was very artistic and especially liked to do character drawings of abstract individuals. He had a sculpture displayed at Orem High School for many years and dabbled with some oil painting.

He treasured a special group of friends that had been together for over 50 years. Many weekends were spent playing cards and games, going to dinner, movies, BBQ's, fishing, hunting and camping, with Topaz Mountain and Ruth Nevada with it's garnet hills being his favorites. While into motorcycling he even tackled the infamous Widow Maker Hill many times.

Roger was an animal lover having many pets through his life and always had a cat around. He was notorious for bringing home strays, even a family of owls, which he hand fed until the babies flew on their own.

He was a life long learner, continuously reading and researching anything and everything making him very knowledgeable on a myriad of subjects. He was also very knowledgeable about plants, trees and gardening. He received an award for the beauty of his yard, and was even asked by the City of Orem to identify and label all the trees in the Orem City Park Arboretum.

Up to 1980 he worked with his father, brother and Uncle as professional house painters and they were known for their meticulous skills. In 1981 he establish his own business, Rocky Mountain Prospector Supply, which became his focus and passion. He enjoyed interacting and swapping stories with his clients of their mining adventures. Because of his zest for learning he was a incredible resource for his clients. He was a member of the Utah Gold Prospector Club, Gold Prospectors Association of America, and Businessmen's Association, Inc.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and especially loved his time in scouting. He had a great love for his family and enjoyed family outings, get-togethers and dinners. Recently the family traveled to Disneyland for it's 50th anniversary to celebrate their being at Disneyland as a family when it first opened and they had a wonderful time together, which they will treasure with the unexpected loss of Roger.

He is survived by his daughter and his three grand children, his siblings Linda Muir, his younger sister, and Douglas (Lorraine) Muir, his older brother, and valued nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents. His daughter wishes to extend a special thank you to her father's family for all their help and support.

There will be a Graveside service Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orem City Cemetery, 1520 North 800 East Orem, Utah. There will be a visitation from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 950 South 50 East, Orem, Utah.
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