Local LDS spiritual leader remembered for his love of service

Roger and Rita Fields and family.

A former spiritual leader for South Okanagan members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has passed away.

Roger Warren Fields died at the family’s Osoyoos home May 22 after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 71.

Roger served as president of the Osoyoos branch of the LDS Church for eight years, a service to which he was also called in several other communities throughout the BC Interior through his adult years.

He was released from that unpaid ministry in 2015.

Roger is survived by his wife Rita Bernice Fields (nee Pitcher) and 12 children — Laura, Sharon, Tamarya, Brian, Tina, Todd, Keith, Teresa, Kevin, Steven, Charlene and Andy.

Born in Regina, SK, on April 19, 1947, Roger came to Osoyoos with his family when he was a young boy. He was raised in the community and graduated from South Okanagan Secondary School in 1965.

Roger met Rita when the two families were involved in the local hospitality industry, Roger’s family owning the Iceberg Restaurant just north of Osoyoos while Rita’s family built and operated the Sagebrush Theatre.

They were married in 1967 and soon moved to Provo, Utah, where Roger earned a degree in education at Brigham Young University.

After returning to Canada, he taught industrial arts at several high schools in the BC Interior before taking long-standing positions in the forestry and hospitality industry.

Roger and Rita returned to Osoyoos in 2005 to look after ailing parents. They have remained in the community since.

Where many men give their lives to business and other passions, Roger is fondly remembered for his service to his church, family and community.

Roger was known as an exceptional craftsman, his children recalling a Christmas when he completed a wood project for each child. They also spoke of his enduring service to others in the community.

Funeral services for Roger will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (7401 87 Street in Osoyoos) at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 28. A viewing and family prayer will precede the service at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery.

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