Roger D. Mays

Roger Mays was born in 1921 in Los Angeles, and passed away on  Jan. 18, 2018 in Anaheim, from complications related to a long term congestive heart failure condition. Roger was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Gladys Mays (nee Sawyer).

Roger is survived by his two children (Mary Waechter and Duane Mays), four grandchildren (Elisabeth Waechter, Jessica Wolf, Kathryn Mays and Samuel Mays), and four great grandchildren (Max and Fred Waechter, and Felix and Flora Wolf).

Roger was a native Californian, born and raised in Los Angeles. He was a graduate of Fairfax High School, UCLA (BA in Chemistry), Long Beach State (Teaching Credential) and Colby College (MS Chemistry), in Waterville, Maine.

Roger liked to say that he had two careers. For sixteen years following graduation from UCLA he worked as a Chemist for the Shell Chemical Corporation. Roger then decided to get a teaching credential and for the rest of his professional life he taught High School Chemistry, Math and General Science. Roger’s first two years of teaching were spent at Sierra High School in Whittier and then the rest of his teaching career was spent at Edgewood High School in West Covina. For most of his professional life Roger lived in Pico Rivera, where he and Gladys raised their family. In 1979 Roger retired and he and Gladys relocated to the California Central Coast area that they loved. Initially, Roger and Gladys lived in Los Osos and then in 1989 they relocated to Atascadero, where they spent the rest of their lives.

Roger was a warm hearted, generous and humorous man of varied interests. He enjoyed all aspects of science, but was especially interested in Astronomy and the natural sciences. Family members and friends have fond memories of going on camping or hiking trips and having Roger identify the various plants and animal species and geological formations they would encounter from his encyclopedic knowledge of these subjects. Roger was also an avid amateur printer and had a garage filled with letter presses, composition sticks, trays of type of various fonts and even an operational linotype machine. He would occasionally use his printing equipment to make cards, notices, labels and flyers for friends using his printing equipment and the only cost Roger would impose was allowing him to demonstrate the printing process.

Roger will be buried in Atascadero, in the Pine Mountain Cemetery next to his wife Gladys. Roger was a very private individual and requested that only immediate family members attend his funeral. He also requested that no flowers or other tokens be sent.


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