Dr. Roger L. Rice, long time Everett area dentist, business and civic leader, passed away peacefully in his Mill Creek home surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 12, 2012. Roger was born in Superior, WI on May 4, 1922 to Elef and Carrie Olsen Rice. After spending the first six years of his life in Superior, Roger, sister Millie, brother Walter and parents moved to White Earth, ND where Elef had previously established a homestead. After spending three difficult years farming in the midst of the great depression the family moved to Everett residing in the North Everett/ Riverside area. Roger's father died 2 years after moving to...
Dr. Roger L. Rice, long time Everett area dentist, business and civic leader, passed away peacefully in his Mill Creek home surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 12, 2012.
Roger was born in Superior, WI on May 4, 1922 to Elef and Carrie Olsen Rice. After spending the first six years of his life in Superior, Roger, sister Millie, brother Walter and parents moved to White Earth, ND where Elef had previously established a homestead. After spending three difficult years farming in the midst of the great depression the family moved to Everett residing in the North Everett/ Riverside area.
Roger's father died 2 years after moving to Everett requiring him to take on various jobs to help the family make ends meet starting at the age of 11 years old. This included selling and delivering newspapers, and door to door popcorn sales. Later he worked for Standard Oil Company and Sears selling shoes. After graduating from Everett High School in 1941 Roger attended WSU so he could join the service as an officer.
He joined the Army Air Force, became a pilot and served as a pilot instructor until the end of WWII. While stationed in Bakersfield, CA he met Marguerite Hegarty (the first love of his life) and they married in 1947.
Following the war he moved to Spokane, WA where he and a friend from Everett formed a business selling wired-in and coin operated music systems to commercial customers. He decided to become a dentist with the encouragement of his wife and an Everett doctor. He attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO, then dental school at St. Louis University, earning his doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree in 1952.
Upon completing school he moved to Rockford, IL purchasing and operating an established dental practice. He and Marguerite remained in Rockford for 11 years raising their 3 children Marianne, Patty and Mike and staying very active in their community and the Catholic Church until moving to Seattle in 1963. Roger established his second dental practice in Seattle in early 1963. In December of 1963 he lost his loving wife Marguerite.
Roger continued to operate his Seattle dental practice until 1965 when he built a dental office and purchased a house in the Pinehurst area of Everett. After operating that practice a few years he expanded his office adding a second dentist and a dental laboratory. He eventually retired from Dentistry in 1985 after practicing for 33 years.
Shortly after returning to Everett Roger met the second love of his life, Betty Martinis who had lost her husband a couple years prior and had 3 children of her own: Carolyn, Vince and Denise. Roger and Betty were married in September of 1967 and remained partners and best friends until Betty's passing in 2005. This marriage blended a wonderful family totaling 6 children who have established lifelong memories of many great times together and a lasting love for one another.
In addition to having a very successful career in dentistry and busy home life Roger contributed in many ways to the surrounding community both as a business leader and participant in many professional organizations. This included participation in the South Everett Association (he served 2 terms as president), the Everett Chamber of Commerce, United Way campaigns, the Snohomish County Economic Development Council and the Everett Planning Committee. He was elected Snohomish County Public Utility District Commissioner and served two terms from 1974 to 1986. He was a founding member of Frontier Bank and served on the board of directors from 1978 until retiring in 2003. His professional and social affiliations included a member of: the Society for Preservation of Oral Health (past president), Snohomish County Dental Association (past secretary), Washington State Dental Association (life member), Knights of Columbus, The American Legion, Sons of Norway and Elks (lifetime member).
Roger will be greatly missed by his children, Marianne Rice Reeves, Patty Rice Sulliban, Michael J. Rice (Mickey), Carolyn Martinis Adrian, Vince A. Martinis (Jolene), Denise Martinis Krell (Scott) grandchildren Jason, Megan, Anne, Jeff, Becky, Andy, Tony, Chris, Lindsay, Rachel, and 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Elef and Carrie Rice, wife Marguerite Rice, wife Betty Rice, sister Millie Pederson, brother Walter Rice and granddaughter Hailey.
In memory of Roger, donations may be made to Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, Everett Transitional Care Services, or a charity of your choice.
Services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday February 25, 2012 at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, 8717- 7th Ave SE, Everett, WA. A celebration will follow the service at the same location.
Arrangements by Purdy & Walters with Cassidy 425-252-2181