In Memory of Rev. Roger Smith

by | Nov 5, 2023 | Death Announcements, Episcopal Office

From the Office of Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut

In sadness, we share the news that Rev. Roger Smith, a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference, died on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Rev. Smith was born in Saint Clair, Michigan in 1938 and permanently relocated to Arizona in 1980. His deep devotion to serving God through the work of The United Methodist Church was fully realized when he became a local pastor in the late 1980s and served at Somerton and Gila Mountain UM (then) Fellowship and (later) UM Church. Rev. Smith was ordained a deacon and received as an associate member in 1992 and continued serving at Gila Mountain UMC, at Parker UMC in Parker, AZ (1994) and finally at Ajo Federated Church in Ajo, AZ (1999). He retired in 2009.

Rev. Smith enjoyed camping, spending time with extended family, cooking, pampering pets, and hands-on projects involving yard work and crafts. He is survived by his daughter, Rev. Katie Fuchs and her husband, three grandchildren and multiple generations of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11:00 am at:

Trinity United Methodist Church

3030 South 8th Avenue

Yuma, AZ 85364

Clergy colleagues are invited to robe, stole and process. The service will also be live streamed and recorded for later viewing at this link. A time of fellowship and lunch will follow the service.

Condolences may be sent to:

Rev. Katie Fuchs

3644 West 27th Street

Yuma, AZ 85364

Memorial gifts may be given to:

Trinity United Methodist Church of Yuma

3030 South 8th Avenue

Yuma, AZ 85364


United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

We join our hearts together in grief, acknowledging our human loss. May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort; in sorrow, hope; and in death, resurrection. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. Roger Smith, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.

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