Roger Seidel was Natural Athlete
Roger Wayne Seidel, 59, died March 17, 2012, in Denver, Colo.
Roger was born in Lemmon on Sept. 20, 1952, “damn near in a barn,” as he would tell it. His parents lived in the country and his father Henry had to drive 37 miles when it was time for him to arrive. He was the third child in a family of eight children, Henry’s first-born son. The growing family moved to Mobridge in 1955, when Roger was three years old. He lived there until graduation from Mobridge High School.
Growing up in South Dakota, Roger was always a natural athlete. Just ask his sister Melinda how they all tried to catch up or beat old long legs home, so they would have a chance to cook something besides hamburger and beans!
He lettered in three sports during high school, football, basketball and track, and was All-State twice in football. He set several school records in track and field events. He preferred to run track barefoot and lost his first meet when he was forced to wear track shoes.
The day after graduating from high school in 1971, he came to Denver for the first time. He and Bill Mott, hall of fame horse trainer, came to work at Centennial racetrack. They slept in the stalls with the horses. One summer of that was all he could take.
The next time he came here was after his life took a drastic change. He was in a car accident that took the life of his dear friend Rick Hagen. He lost most of the use of his left arm and had to learn all over again how to do the most basic things. That didn’t deter his spirit and he even climbed utility poles one-armed when he started working in the cable industry. He ended up back in Denver, where he met most of his cable buddies in the early ‘80s. It was at this time that he met the love of his life, in 1985, and they were married five years later. There were almost 27 years of happy times together. Most of his work life was in cable, from the 1980s to the spring of 2009 when Mike Haider asked him to come to Albuquerque, N.M.
After that ended, he was a real estate host for a few years. Then he got into driving cars at Alamo car rental, MDE Mercedes Benz, as a production test car driver and lastly, as a shuttle driver for Regis University. He finally got to college, he would proudly state.
He made his mission in life creating joy and happiness wherever he went. He was always serious about giving it his all, whatever he did. Kristie knew she had to share him with the world, because there was no containing the light that radiated from within Roger Seidel. There will be an informal ceremony this Memorial Day weekend as we bring him home.
He is survived by his wife, Kristie, and many other beloved family members.