Roger McMaster with his dog Ranger
Photo courtesy: Diana McMaster, via Bald Hill Fire Distract 17
– Bald Hills Fire District 17 to hold memorial service for Roger McMaster
Having lived in Bald Hills Fire District 17 for more than 13 years, I came to know Roger McMaster as an always smiling and welcoming figure for his fire department’s constituents. Roger was a sincere, passionate, and interested listener for all of his department’s staff and neighbors, and one who will be greatly missed. I honor him and his family for his more than 20 years of commitment dedicated to public service.
McMaster graduated West Point Military Academy in 1977 and served in the Army until 1994, retiring as a Major. He began volunteering at the Bald Hills Fire District 17 in 1993 and served as a commissioner from November 1997 to December 2017. He also served as Secretary, Treasurer, and President for the Thurston County Fire Commissioners Association.
Bald Hills Fire District 17
Memorial service for Roger McMaster
Saturday, January 20, 1pm
Lake Lawrence Lodge
Open to the public!
– Received from Bald Hills Fire District 17
Roger McMaster died of lung cancer on Christmas Day. He had been a fire commissioner for 20+ years as well as a firefighter. Bald Hills Fire District 17 will hold a memorial service Saturday, January 20 at 1pm at Lake Lawrence Lodge. The public is invited to honor McMaster’s life.
McMaster is still serving by endowing a scholarship for kids from Yelm and Rainier who want to go to Bates College. Roger’s son, Brandon, is Vice President at Bates and wrote what follows:
“If you want to contribute to the fund, at any amount, you can mail a check:
Bates Technical College Foundation
c/o Roger and Diana McMaster Endowed Scholarship
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405
We also have a credit card site, though please note the credit card transaction does deduct a transaction fee –
I am so incredibly proud of my parents. Alex, our children and I are overwhelmed with how profoundly this loss has affected so many. We wish everyone a joyous new year.”
Blogger Klein is a contributor to the Bates Technical College Foundation for the Roger and Diana McMaster Endowed Scholarship.
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Today is Roger’s birthday, he would have been 63. I am still amazed at the comments people make about him. Almost 7 months since I started a life without him, miss him every minute of every day. I find myself reading the stories people like you posted. I am so proud to have shared almost 36 years together. So grateful to you for sharing and allowing me to read this at a time a bit removed from his death. Thank you. Diana McMaster
Roger touched and uplifted everyone with whom he engaged. He was a shining light for our community who was an inspiration for me and many others, always welcoming wherever I saw him. May your wonderful memories of almost 36 years together be like a salve to help you through your loss. Heartfelt blessings to you, Diana!
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