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Gregory Clay Rogers

Birth Date: July 13, 1951
Death Date: June 24, 2016

Gregory Clay Rogers, 64, passed away peacefully in his home Friday morning June 24, 2016 with wife Brenda by his side. Greg was born in Van Nuys, CA on July 13, 1951 to Harold Clay and Dolores Straw Rogers. The Rogers’ family moved to Yerington, NV when Greg was 12 and he lived there until he went off to college where he graduated with a BA from the University of Nevada.
Greg was raised as a Master Mason on March 23, 1981 in Tehama Lodge # 3, Sacramento, CA. He was an active member of the Ben Ali Clown’s Unit in 1982 and that’s when “Bojangles” was created. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Royal Order of Jesters.
Greg served on the Washoe County Sheriffs Department. He worked for the Eagle Thrifty Store in Reno, NV. where he was hired by Tom Raley to run the first Raley’s warehouse in Sacramento as distribution manager. He retired in January 2015 from Raley’s and Ozark trucking after 47 years of service.
Greg was a true sports fan, he loved his Rams, Dodgers and the Sacramento Kings. His interest included theater and all types of music. He loved to cook and was known for fabulous dishes which included many that were smoked in his Traeger Smoker. He also loved to play hours and hours of poker, keno and Angry Bird. He will be missed by all for his wit and sense of humor.
Greg was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife Brenda (31 years of marriage), brother Jeffrey “Buddy” Rogers, daughter Lori Wallace (Scott) from Orangevale, CA, son Edgar Rogers (Jennifer) from Citrus Heights, CA., son Gary Rogers in Silverdale, CA, and stepson Warren Pannett (Susan) from Clovis, CA. Greg had six grandchildren, Anthony Rogers, Devin Wallace, Makayla Rogers, Alexis Wallace, Thea Rogers and Warren Pannett III.
A celebration of Greg’s life will be held on Saturday, July 9th, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Ben Ali Shrine Center, 3262 Marysville Blvd. Sacramento, California, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in his name.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! Wish I could pickup the phone to wish you a happy birthday! My heart has been broken since the day you left! I love and miss you soooo much dad! Love your daughter, LORI ( jones)

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! Can't stop thinking of you today! Just wish I could pickup the phone to tell you happy birthday! My heart is broke since the day you left! I love & miss you sooo much! Love your daughter, LORI (jones)

  3. Greg will forever be fondly remembered in our hearts as a wonderful friend and neighbor.
    His sense of humor, and cooking skills stand out as a few wonderful memories . Rest in peace, our dear friend..
    Marlene & Frank Cuzzo

  4. Greg Rogers, my friend for over 40 years, was one of the smartest and most loyal friend one could ever ask for. He loved his family and his friends. He was one of the best cooks I ever met. But he will always be best remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. Greg had such a quick wit and his rendition of Bojangles was such a classic.

    He entertained so many children. To put a smile on a child's is a true gift. Greg was the Master. Rest in peace my friend, Rich Poletti

  5. I met Greg & Brenda 3 years ago when we moved into Westshore. He was an avid BBQ master and I learned some great tips from him, not to mention my first pig candy experience.
    Greg posted some of the funniest stuff on FB and it made me laugh all the time, I looked forward to see what was next. I will miss his wit and his friendship.
    RIP my friend you will be missed by all
    Lori Mesirow

  6. You will be miss by all! You were a great clown and I enjoy going to WSCA with you! I enjoy our time with each other. You were good friend.

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