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Roger Kirby Cutler passed away on May 24, 2016 after battling stage 4 metastatic gastric cancer. He was born on September 15, 1950 in Kanab, Utah to Conway and Mary May Kirby Cutler. He was raised and played there the majority of his youth, soaking in the red dirt, which stayed in his blood throughout his life. It always drew him back to the area where he would eventually raise his own family.
Roger was the oldest of seven children and given the responsibility of helping to raise them, learning lessons that would be useful in his future career choice. He joined he Utah Highway Patrol, and after five years was one of the youngest troopers ever promoted to Sergeant.
Roger loved sports of any kind. KHS was his land of opportunity as he told many stories of awards, trophies, and accolades awarded during his years there; it was up to us to determine which were true. He also reminded us daily that he was a “Preferred Cowboy.” He has loved the chance to watch his own children and grandchildren play sports in the area over the years, too.
Small town life was never portrayed better than through his eyes when he went to Grandma Kirby’s for lunch to get homemade tomato and cheese sandwiches, because she would peel the tomatoes. Every game day she would feed him a steak for lunch. His best friends in life were made during this time growing up in Kanab.
After high school, Roger honorably served our country in Vietnam, which took a great toll on him as it did many others. After the war, he married Polly Leach, later divorced. They had a daughter, Brandy. He went to Bryce Canyon to work in a Chevron Station, and charmed tourists until he met his wife of 40 years, Lydia Pollock. They were married September 11, 1976 in Tropic, Utah, later solemnized in the St. George Temple.
His Highway Patrol career gave him and his family the opportunity to meet his many lifelong friends in Orderville, Green River, Moab and Richfield, then finally home to his red dirt of Kanab, where he lived the remainder of his life.
Survivors include wife Lydia; children Brandy, Casey (Rod) Willis, Chandler, Clayton (Alexis), Candace (Chad) Staheli, and Chase; siblings Curtis (Joanie), Suzy (Bill) Blasdell, Tracy (Rhonda), Scott (Kristen) Robertson, and Cindy (Mike) Mitchie; brother-in-law Brad Millett; 19 grandchildren with two more on the way; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-parents, and a sister, Lynn Millett.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Kanab Utah Stake Center, with viewings Thursday evening from 5-6 p.m. and Friday morning from 10-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Kanab City Cemetery with honors by the UHP Honor Guard. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.