Roger E. Jimenez died Tuesday, July 28, 2015 after dancing vigorously with cancer for more than eight years. As he said in June, “I came here to LIVE!!!” – and LIVE he did, and always will in our memories. He will be remembered especially for his exuberant dancing; his deep friendships and the tight knit communities that sprang up out of his circles of friends; his love of world travel, outdoor adventures, parties, music, concerts, and his dancing presence at many music festivals, especially Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass. He died and was cremated with his RockyGrass wristband on.
Born October 10, 1954, in NYC to Angel and Iris Jimenez (both now deceased), Roger grew up first in the Projects of the South Bronx and then in Kingston, NY. He joined the US Air Force after graduating from John A. Coleman Catholic High School in Kingston in 1972 and was stationed in Illinois, Guam, and the U.K. during the Vietnam War. He moved to Colorado in 1976 and lived for a time in a tee-pee in Rist Canyon. He learned to dance at Mishawaka. He attended Aims Community College and UNC. He was self-employed from the late 1980s as a residential and commercial painting contractor. He traveled extensively. He climbed dozens of “14ers” and Mt. Kilamanjaro.
He is survived by his daughter Elan Jimenez Roberts (husband Westleigh) of Fort Collins CO; son Ethan Jimenez (wife Sarah) of CA and their children Parker & Zoie; fiancée Ann Tharp of Fort Collins; siblings Cindy Crowley (Dennis), and Vivian Thorbjornsen (Bruce) of NY; Douglas Jimenez (Annie) of NJ; Mary Olariago (Rigo) of FL; and Ada Jimenez of PR; along with many nieces and nephews. Roger also leaves behind ex-wives Sharon Liberty, Patricia Waters, & Celeste Jibben, and countless friends. In his last months he was cared for actively by Team Roger – a huge number of friends & family headed up by daughter Elan, fiancée Ann, and friends Deb Arloski, Robert Lujan, Patti Waters, John Brewer, and Jim Cranston.