JOHN ROGERS ROQUE JR. “JUNIOR”
Aug. 17, 1939 – Sept. 23, 2019
John Rogers Roque Jr., affectionately known as “Junior,” “Big John” and “Papa Roque,” passed away peacefully Sept. 23, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. at 80 years of age.
John was the only son and eldest child of Estelle and John Rogers Roque Sr. He graduated from Natchitoches Central High School in 1957 and briefly attended Grambling University where he played football under the direction of legendary coach Eddie Robinson. After sustaining an injury, he returned to Natchitoches and began working as a milk delivery driver. Seeking career advancement opportunities, he migrated to Los Angeles with his wife Shirley and their young children in the early 1960s, where they lived at 8719 Mary Ave for more than 50 years until relocating to San Jose.
In Los Angeles, John secured employment as a Class A Commercial truck driver and worked as an over-the-road truck driver. He hauled furniture throughout the contiguous United States. His keen map and atlas skills used on his job would aid him in taking his family on countless road trips to his beloved hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana to visit family and friends. Later, he worked for Knudsen and Santee Dairies until he retired a proud Teamster. His safe driving skills earned him numerous safety awards.
Upon his retirement, he embarked upon opening a Commercial Truck Driving School where he imparted his vast knowledge of truck driving to his students. His school was featured on a local Los Angeles evening news segment where he demonstrated how to drive personal vehicles safely around commercial trucks. Sons Milton and Tony, along with grandsons Terrance and Terron followed in John’s footsteps and pursued careers as truck drivers. Grandson Milton II of Las Vegas, Nevada is a fellow Teamster. John was always an avid reader and enjoyed watching westerns, playing golf, listening to Blues, shooting pool, swimming, and most of all watching his grandsons play football. He even traveled to Natchitoches for grandson Darvell Biven’s football season opening game as a Northwestern Demon. In his life, John embodied a strong work ethic, solid faith and always had a desire for his family to strive for excellence and never settle for mediocrity.
He was preceded in death by son Milton Francis Roque I of Natchitoches; granddaughter Mileana De’Sire Roque; great grandson Tyson Roque; great granddaughter Tiara Roque; sisters Mary Ellen Roque and Merline Roque; and parents Estelle and John Rogers Roque Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years Shirley Roque; daughter Mary Reeder Moore, sons Obra Anthony Roque, Charles T. Roque, John Rogers Roque III and wife Patricia Roque; grandchildren Darvell Bivens, Terray Doty, Trayvion Doty, Obra Anthony Roque Jr., Milton Francis Roque II, Terrance Roque, John Rogers Roque IV, Tamika Moore, Terron Roque, Roxann Nadean Roque, Tashawn Moore, and Jashon Roque; great grandchildren, Kayvon Roque, John Rogers Roque V, TaMya Moore, Nathan Armstrong II, Trinity Roque, Jonah Roque, Dean Roque Harris Bivens, Milena Roque-Benton, and Hazelyn Roque; sisters, Doris Ann Robinson and husband Johnny, Marie Hardison and husband MacArthur and their respective children and grandchildren.