Max Clifford Rogers, 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at his home in Bayfield. He was 90.
Mr. Rogers was born May 27, 1922, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Noble and Louie Rogers. He spent his youth in the Phoenix area as well as in Snowflake, Ariz.
Mr. Rogers served in the Air Force during World War II. He was a B-24 bomber pilot, but he missed being sent overseas because the war ended.
He married Frances L. Murphy on June 9, 1946, in Phoenix.
After working his way through college, Mr. Rogers earned a degree in animal husbandry at Arizona State University while at the same time raising a family.
During his working years, Mr. Rogers owned a chicken ranch, drove dump trucks, cement trucks and school buses. He also raised quarter horses.
The family moved to Bayfield in 1990, settling in a landmark rock house on County Road 510. There, Mr. Rogers ranched, gardened – specializing in tomatoes – and raised miniature horses.
Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by grandson Christopher Noble Rogers and a great-grandson, Samuel Smith.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Frances Rogers, of Bayfield; children Nancy Rutan of Florida, Patty Smith, Margaret Chatham and Joyce Parker, all of Bayfield, Linda Price of Mesa, Ariz., Clifford Rogers of Denver, Mary Wardell of Durango, and Harold Rogers of Keene, N.H.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the Bayfield Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Bruce Edmonds will officiate. Burial will follow at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the services at the same church.