Roger Brook Faubion
September 6, 2011
Faubion, Roger Brook
Roger died September 6, 2011, just one day before his 82nd birthday. He
was born to Lloyd W. and Lucine E. (Swenson) Faubion in Palisade, Nebraska.
After his parents divorced when he was about 2 years old, Roger was raised
by his maternal grandparents Charles and Rose Swenson in Gove, Kansas.
Roger attended the Gove schools throughout his elementary and secondary
school years, graduated from Gove High School in 1947 then attended Fort
Hays College (now known as Fort Hays Kansas State College). During his
school years he worked for various area farmers and was considered an
especially valued and hard-working hand.
In 1949 he went to Texas to pitch under contract for Paul Dean's professional
baseball team there. Then in 1951 Roger joined the United States Marine
Corp., served two years including in a year in Korea, and was honorably
discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1953.
After working about a year in California, Roger returned to Kansas in
1954 to work for his Uncle Ralph Hunter's construction company in Hays,
and in August of that year he met Beverly Frazier. They were married March
5, 1955 and had 3 sons, one died in infancy.
During the next 18 years Roger became an accomplished construction superintendent
for Hunter Construction Company, overseeing building, street and sewer,
utility, and other various projects at many locations in Kansas. One of
his most satisfying accomplishments was designing the forms needed to
build the parabaloid roof on a building project in Larned, Kansas.
In 1973 the Faubion family moved to Arizona. As an employee of various
companies, then later as the owner of his own company "KANARICO"
(KANsasARIzonaCOmpany), Roger continued his construction profession while
he and Bev lived in several Arizona cities and towns, ending with a year
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During that time Roger and Bev made many close
and lasting friendships. Those vagabond years ended in 1989 when Roger
and Bev settled in Scottsdale, Arizona. They lived there until retirement
in 2002, when they moved to an active adult community in Chandler, Arizona.
During his lifetime, Roger was a loving and supportive husband, dad and
grandpa-he and Bev logged innumerable miles to watch their sons and/or
grandkids participate in their many events and endeavors.
Roger was preceded in death by an infant son. Survivors include his wife
Beverly: two sons, Chuck of Phoenix and Brad (Jan) of Chandler; his brother
Clinton (Sue) of Denver, Colorado; his brother-in-law John (Lynda) Frazier
of Wills Point, Texas; his sister-in-law Dorothy "Dee" Petree
of Littleton, Colorado; five grandchildren, 1 adopted great grandchild
and 3 step-great grandchildren, plus several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial in Roger's name to: Serenity
Hospice, 7227 N. 16th St., Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85020 or Alzheimer's
Association , 1020 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006-2622. There will
be a Celebration of Life later, probably late October or early November.