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Obituary: Roger W Finlayson

1935 ~ 2004

Roger W. Finlayson passed away peacefully on September 25, 2004 in South Jordan, Utah, at the age of 69.

Roger was born in Salt Lake City on May 28, 1935 to Glen and Mina Finlayson. Roger was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served an honorable mission to Switzerland. He attended the University of Utah where he studied Pharmacology. After discovering he had too many allergies to work with the chemicals in a pharmacy, Roger pursued an entrepreneurial career. Roger was a talented carpenter and enjoyed working with metal also. He helped construct the Cottonwood Mall where he later owned and operated Finlayson Hallmark House. Roger married Arvilla Kirkbride in the Salt lake Temple and was later divorced. Roger valued his family and spent his whole life working to provide for them. He enjoyed the outdoors and ensured that the whole family could be involved in these activities with him. Roger volunteered many hours to church activities and worked on the ranch at the dairy. The family would like to thank the many hospice nurses and neighbors who made his last days more comfortable.

Roger is survived by four children, Lori (Bill) Howard, Portland, OR; Todd (Jammi) Finlayson, Dallas, TX; Kurt (Monika) Finlayson, South Jordan, UT; Trisha Finlayson, Logan, UT; ten grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (John) Stephens, Salt Lake City, UT; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Finlayson, Sandy, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Roland, and his daughter, Susan.

Funeral services were held privately for Roger.