For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have heard about the passing of my father. On February 2, 2021, my dad, Roger Anibal Escobar returned to our Heavenly Father after bravely fighting colon cancer. My mom, my brother, and I were by his side the whole way.
Roger Sr., my dear dad, came from humble beginnings starting in El Salvador in 1959. He was raised by his grandmother and his stepfather. He began working at the age of 14 and continued his strong work ethic till the end. Roger continually supported his own ventures, even paying for his education. Since Roger did not grow up with a typical family, a dream of his was to start a family of his own. In the mid 70’s, Roger met his future wife and love of his life Roxy at a bus stop on the way to work. That chance encounter was the beginning of an everlasting love and a 41-year marriage.
Roger and Roxy came to the US in 1981, fleeing a civil war. He only had $40 dollars in his pocket, and he worked hard to achieve so much in his life. Roger was a charismatic entrepreneur and a leader in the world of sales. Roger had a quick wit and a lively sense of humor. He was the life of the party whether the audience was one person or a large group. A few days after his passing, Roger received a lifetime achievement award, having attained $2 million dollars of personal cookware sales from one company he represented.Not only was he able to accomplish the American dream for himself but spent 15 years of his career helping Latin families achieve the dream of homeownership.
In truth in remembering Dad, he achieved much more than any number or financial success. Roger was the embodiment of the American dream. He was an immigrant who came to the United States in the hope of a better life for both himself and his family. He became the blueprint that I looked up to as I started my own life as an entrepreneur. He provided for his wife and his children and provided so much so that they would have a fulfilling life including providing for their own personal higher education. Roger was known for and impressed many with his gorgeous hair and sense of humor. He passed these traits on to his children, and for that and his endless love, we are profoundly grateful.
If you've read all this way, thank you. Thank you for your time. The best thing you can do is to call a loved one you haven't seen or spoken to in a while and tell them that you love them.
For those of you who were asking me previously, here is the link for my dad's funeral donation. Nothing is necessary, so I appreciate those who have offered anything. In lieu of flowers if you would like to support the family for Funeral expenses please go to this website: https://everloved.com/life-of/roger-escobar/
Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still Loved! Still Missed! And very dear! The Escobar family will be celebrating Roger’s life on Wednesday, March 17 at Rose Hills in Whittier at 1pm.