John D. Roe, Jr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday September 15, 2022. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
John was born in Cody, Wyoming on June 30, 1948 to John D. Roe Sr. and Clara Rowena (Reding) Roe. He was the oldest of 3 brothers. His father worked the oil fields which prompted many moves until finally landing them in Farmington, NM which was considered home to John. John graduated from Farmington High School in 1966. He then went on to attend the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology better known as New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM where he received his bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. John worked for Union Oil for many years which took him to Texas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma before he decided to return back to Farmington in 1982 where he worked for Dugan Production until he retired in 2018.
John was passionate about animals and lovingly cared for all of God’s creatures. He provided a loving home to many rescue dogs and cats throughout the years as well as caring for a feral cat colony. John also served on the board for the City of Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commission. He was always well known for being kind and selfless in all aspects of his life, but especially for his love of animals.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John D. Roe, Sr. and Clara Rowena (Reding) Roe. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Debbie Roe, his daughter Shellee Roe and her husband Stephen Deeb, his granddaughter Elizabeth Deeb, and his two brothers Tom Roe and Allen Roe and their wives Glenda Roe and Nancy Roe as well as many cherished nieces and nephews.
Honoring John’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral service but a celebration of life dinner will be held October 10, 2022 at the Farmington Civic Center from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. All are invited to come and share memories and stories and enjoy some of John’s favorite foods.
In lieu of flowers, John would have preferred for donations to be made to either Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah (https://bestfriends.org/donate) or to the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter (Donate | Farmington, NM - Official Website) in his honor.