Roger is survived by his mother, Mary Cecil; mother-in-law, Diane Catlin; sister, Sara Hoyer; children, Kali Dabbo and Matthew Cecil; son-in-law, Nicholas Dabbo; and grandchildren, Benjamin and Olivia Dabbo. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Cecil, and wife, Marlene Cecil.
Roger was born on January 24, 1945 in Riverside, Calif. to Harry and Mary Cecil. He spent his childhood in Riverside, and graduated from Cal Poly Pomona. During his time at Cal Poly, he played baseball for the Broncos.
Roger worked for Southwest Irrigation for several years, and then started his own business for landscape maintenance, in which he retired from only a couple of years ago. Even after retirement, he continued to enjoy spending time in his yard, planting and maintaining his roses, fruit trees, and tomato plants.
Roger married Marlene in 1983. They settled in Fallbrook, and had two children – Kali and Matthew. Among other things, the two enjoyed (and rarely missed) attending Kali and Matt’s youth sporting events. Together they also enjoyed taking trips to the beach, spending time working in the yard together, watching Padres games, and of course taking the occasional trip to the casino. They were the perfect match.
Roger’s grandchildren, Benjamin Charles and Olivia Marlene, were born in November 2015. It was love at first sight. Roger always enjoyed spending time with his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and was referred to as, “Uncle Garage” by many of them.
Roger exuded generosity, often through a delivered homemade meal, helping out when there was a need in a yard, or through his contagious smile. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.