July 29, 1935 - February 2, 2017
Roger Linn Turner, 81 years, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, February 2, 2017 in Dallas, Texas from Parkinson’s Disease with Lewy Body dementia.
Born July 29, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas, he is preceded in death by his parents Roger Parkhurst Turner and Harvene Wells Turner.
Roger is survived by his daughters Shelley Turner (Loy Harris) of Richardson, Texas, and Jill Turner (Keith Bradsher) of Dallas, Texas, granddaughters Anna and Emma Harris, of Richardson. Oldest of five siblings, he is also survived by brothers Scott (Dorcas) of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Portland, Oregon; Lee (Kathryn) of Mount Holly, New Jersey; Ward (Denise) of Houston, Texas, and sister Helen Mountford, of Santa Barbara, California, plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Baton Rouge High School in Louisiana, Roger came to Texas for college. He graduated from The University of Texas Law School in 1958 and worked 50 years as an attorney, most of this time in private practice in the Lakewood area of Dallas. Roger also served as a Captain in the US Army Reserves.
An avid tennis player, Roger was a member of Lakewood Country Club (1980’s & 1990’s) and Canyon Creek Country Club (2000’s, including captaining a USTA City Champion team in 2005). When he could no longer play tennis, Roger greatly enjoyed Saturday lunch at “The Club” with his tennis buddies.
Roger was always an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and greatly enjoyed camping and backpacking trips. An avid backpacker, he hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon more than 2 dozen times and thought of the Canyon as his cathedral and visited at least once, sometimes twice, for many, many years. His last trip to the Grand Canyon was with his daughters, granddaughters, siblings and extended family to celebrate his 80th birthday. Roger was a former Sierra Club state and local club president. When he could no longer backpack, he rode his bike and pedaled thousands of miles around White Rock Lake.
He was an Episcopalian and was proud of his service on the vestry and as Senior Warden at Christ Church and St. Paul’s, Oak Cliff, Dallas. In later years he attended All Saints, St Michael & All Angels, and Transfiguration Episcopal Church.
A progressive Democrat, Roger championed progressive causes.
Roger was a lover of music, history and great literature. He loved the outdoors, sunny afternoons, and a beer or glass of wine on the patio. While he adored a labor intensive, slow cooked meal, in retirement he greatly enjoyed “family nitrate night” at his home where he’d serve slow-cooked beans and hotdogs cooked over a charcoal fire.
An armchair traveler for many years, in his 60’s and 70’s he literally became a world traveler. Every trip was a ‘trip of a lifetime.’
The family wishes to thank Arbor Hills Memory Care of Plano and Dignity Hospice for their life affirming and compassionate care in his final days.
He didn’t much plan on dying but, when confronted, met death with dignity and grace. In lieu of flowers, Roger would want you to commit to playing hooky on a pretty day, and doing something fun outdoors with family and friends you love.
Otherwise, the family requests contributions to The Parkinson Voice Project, Dallas, TX, the Sierra Club, Dallas Chapter, or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
A memorial service will be held Monday, February 6, 2017 at 4pm at Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252