Roger Darwin Austin, a devoted member of the Saratoga Rotary Club for over fifty years, passed away on February 8, 2024, at the age of 91. Born in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 15, 1932, to James and Lorraine Austin, Roger's journey through life was characterized by his unwavering commitment to service, community, and fellowship.

In the 1960s, Roger relocated to California, where he found his second home and a community of kindred spirits within the Saratoga Rotary Club. Joining during the presidency of Don Gerth (1970-1971), Roger quickly became an integral part of the club's fabric. According to our former club historian, Warren Heid, Roger was among a cohort of new Rotarians that included Clark Bassett, Harry Cuddy, Clancy Ferrell, Frank Godfry, Bob Barbatti, Glenn McNicholas, Earl Hinrichs, and Art Palermo.

Throughout his tenure, Roger served the club in various capacities, including Club President from 1989 to 1990, Art Show Chairman, and a dedicated member of the Foundation Board. His commitment to Rotary was surpassed only by his love for travel and his unwavering dedication to serving others. For Roger, Rotary provided a platform where his passions intersected harmoniously, allowing him to forge deep connections with fellow members who shared his zeal for making a difference.

As a testament to his enduring impact, Roger will be fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of service, kindness, and camaraderie will continue to inspire future generations of Rotarians.

Roger Austin leaves behind a cherished legacy of service and friendship. He will be deeply missed by his Rotary family and all who were fortunate enough to call him friend.

The picture below is from the 1993 Rotary Ski Invitational which took place at Alpine Meadows where Roger won a plaque for being the fastest skier. In the picture are Larry Grace to the left and Roger in the middle. Also included is a snapshot of parts of the entry from historian Warren Heid regarding Roger’s year as club President.

For the photo here is a list of who’s in it from left to right:

Larry Grace, Mel Tuscher, Dick Mount, Roger Austin, Phil Hitchings, Mark Pierce