David Frederick RoachNov 6, 2013 Staff
David Frederick Roach, formerly of Lander, died in an auto accident Monday, May 13, 2013, in Alaska. He was 60 years old.
Cremation has taken place. In December, his stepdaughter will scatter half of his ashes at his favorite snowmobiling spot, and his family will spread the rest of his ashes in mid-August at Christina Lake.
David Frederick Roach was born Nov. 9, 1952.
He attended Mill Creek School and Lander Valley High School. He also studied at a Job Corps center in Montana. His family said he became an exceptional equipment operator.
He retired after an accident that occurred while working for Searle Brothers Construction of Evanston.
After a few trips to Alaska, he married the love of his life, Ann Marie Upchurch of Wasilla, Alaska. He returned to Trapper Creek, Alaska, after his wife's death in Kooskia, Idaho. He remained there until his death.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Roach Hall-Butters; niece Brandy Katheryn Hall; great-niece Brittany Ann Marie Hayes; stepdaughter Para Upchurch; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Marie Upchurch.