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CHAMP ESLEY ROACH On November 11, 2019, Champ Esley Roach suddenly passed away at his home in Pahrump. So how do you sum up a life? No matter how many years they lived, it is hard to put into a few words and paragraphs. You can list the usual dates and names and accomplishments, but sometimes that is just not enough for the person you're remembering. So as I sit here, given the honor to write about my brother, I try to focus on the really great guy he was and the life he had. Abraham Lincoln said "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years." Well, Champ's years were short but his life was full. In the span of a life you are many different things. Champ was a son, a brother, a husband, an uncle, and a friend to many. His life, like everyone elses, had good and bad. Through it all he was always dependable, loving, hard working and stubborn. He always accused his sisters of that trait, but he had that as well. Champ was born January 15, 1956 in Pocatello, Idaho at St. Anthony Hospital. His parents were Champ Henry Roach Jr. and Effie Lavada Spiva Roach. To say that his dad was happy and proud with his birth is an understatement. After four girls, he finally had his boy. A boy to pass on the strong Texan name of Champ. Mom was pretty glad too. She didn't have to have any more babies! The family lived in Pocatello until 1964 and his dad finally realized another dream, to own a farm. So the family moved to a farm on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Champ attended school in Blackfoot. In 1966, when Champ was 10 years old, his dad died, leaving him, his mom, two sisters and one niece on the farm. Champ stepped up to carry the mantle of being the man of the family. He and his mom had a very close and loving relationship. He always made sure his mom was taken care of. He also thought he was the big brother to his sisters even though he was the youngest. I will forever miss hearing him calling me "Little Sister". When it was just too difficult to try and keep living on the farm, mom moved Champ, Sheron, and Gloria Lucinda to Wilton, Calif. to live with her parents, James Esley and Stella Spiva. The family grew immensely in Wilton. It was amazing how many people we were related to. Champ graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1974. On June 16, 1978 Champ married Diane Hein, the love of his life, best friend and soul mate in Wilton, Calif. They had a marriage of liking to be together all the time, working with, supporting, depending on, happy to stay home and just being together. It has always been and will forever be Champ and Diane. They lived in the Sacramento area, then Wilton, then Las Vegas and finally moved to Pahrump in 2000. He was quite happy having his little piece of desert. He always said I don't have to mow, I use Round Up! With Champs passing on Monday, he was finally in the arms of his dad and mom, C.H. and Lavada; his sister, Tretha Robinson; brother-in-law, Ron Fenner; and niece, Gloria-Lucinda Robinson Rudolph. Champ leaves behind his wife, Diane Roach; sisters, Susie Roach Grisham of Las Vegas, June Roach Fenner and Jim Mattesini of wherever their RV takes them, Sheron (Bob) Roach Stark of Rigby, Idaho; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as other family and friends. When I read this, I can hear my brother's voice saying, "Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever." Leo Buscaglia, all I can say to Champ is we will always love you, you are forever with us and it will take us some time to "get on". A celebration of life will be Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 2 p.m-5 p.m. in Pahrump at the Nevada Treasure RV Resort, 301 W. Leslie and Highway 160.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Nov. 22, 2019
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