Roger McKenzie

Monday, November 22, 2010
Roger McKenzie

Roger Ivan McKenzie, 76, of Mountain Home, died Nov. 18, 2010, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

A viewing will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the LDS Mountain Home Idaho Stake Center, on Saturday, Nov. 27. A viewing will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. and funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Roger was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Calexico, Calif., to Victor Clyde and Mary Mildred Roesbery McKenzie. He was raised in California, Nevada, Washington, Utah and Idaho.

He had his own dance band and graduated from Boise High School.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions around the world in the church. He served an LDS mission in the northern states, headquartered in Nauvoo, Ill.

He worked ten years in telephone and electronics in California and Idaho, as a buyer, including for Hughes Aircraft at Mountain Home AFB.

He started college as a freshman at the age of 28, graduated with honors from BYU-Provo and earned an MBA from Harvard.

He built a factory from the ground up in eastern Kentucky for American Standard and consulted many companies through bankruptcies.

He was later a professor at BYU-Hawaii for 13 years.

He started several businesses, including a pizza restaurant and a theater in Hawaii.

After retirement, he served a Family History Mission in Salt Lake City with his wife and spent three years teaching business in Guangzhou, China.

Roger is survived by: his wife of 50 years, Melva; daughter Rogena Breaux (Richard) and son Victor (Lori); 11 grandchildren, Chris, Cory, Beau, Nico, Ricky Breaux and Chelsea, Rachel, Tanya, Tony, Katelyn, Garrett McKenzie; sisters Vicki Thompson, Ella Mackley (Tom), Shirley Mackley (Del), and brother Jeff (Karen).

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle, his parents, brother Clyde V., and sister Judith Reed.