Roger Allen Banks died peacefully at home on July 5th, 2018. Born on April 16, 1938, he was the third son of Sidney and Charlotte Banks of Glendale, CA.
Along with his brothers Ray and Richard, Roger counted scouting as a singular and formative influence on his character. He considered the Boy Scout code of honor to be his guide on how to lead a proper life: trustworthy first and foremost, and loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent were his lifetime watchwords - but be sure to have a lot of fun along the way. His business-oriented talents earned him the Bob Wian's Scholarship (of Bob's Big Boy Burgers) to UCLA out of high school where he met his wife, Pauline. Later with Litton Industries, he moved his family to Mississippi where they raised their children Rebecca and Rex.
After his retirement, Roger focused on his family and hobbies, particularly bridge, a sociable and strategy game well suited to his talents. After Pauline died in 2009, he met his second sweetheart, Carolyn Deering, an equally avid and skillful bridge player, with whom he enjoyed his last years. She was by his side to the end. At the time of his death, Roger was the president of the Naples Bridge Club and involved in every stage of its current renovation. He is ranked among the top 4,000 bridge players of all time, a status he achieved with grace, humility and every attribute any scout could honor.
Roger was a gentleman, loving father and mate, and loyal friend - with a great laugh.