Roger J Mockli passed away in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 2, 2020. He was 67. Roger was quick to make an impression, whether in a mine, on stilts covered in dust, or coaching his son's basketball team. He was known to all for his self-deprecating humor, wit, unflinching honor, and his unforgettable laugh. He had a way of making you feel welcome in his home and happy in his presence.
Roger was born Feb. 1, 1953 in Preston Idaho to Leo Alfred and Ondelyn Mockli. The family later moved to Layton, Utah. Rog was the third oldest of seven children.
After graduating from Layton High School, Roger joined the military and served in the Army (Company B, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry (Brigade), 1st Infantry Division). He was deployed to Korea during the end of the Vietnam War. Afterwards, he worked as a miner in Wyoming, a drywall finisher in Utah and Idaho, and an environmental sampling technician at the Idaho National Laboratory.
From a young age, Roger was a very talented artist. He turned his skills into a lifelong profession on the side. He created woodburnings and oil, acrylic, and water paintings. He loved taking his art to the outdoor art shows and interacting with people.
In 1980, Roger married the love of his life, Traci. They had two sons, Andy and Dillon. Rog loved his family and they meant the world to him. His family grew with two daughters-in-law, Sara and Sammy, and four grandchildren who he adored (Odin, Freya, Porter, and Paige.)
Rog always loved the outdoors, fishing, and camping. He reminisced about his dad and mom jamming the whole family into the station wagon to go camping and being chased back to the car by a bear! As an adult, he failed to recreate the bear chase for his own family's camping trips, but they had fun nonetheless.
Roger was a jokester, prankster, and life of the party. He was full of life and never in shortage of devoted friends. He will always be remembered. We all will miss his laughter, humor, old-timey western slang, his generous nature, advice and perspective on life, and his inimitable personality. We will miss our Rog.
He is survived by his mother Ondelyn Mockli Merrill of Layton Utah, his brothers and sisters Lynette (Rick) Hitt of Odgen Utah, Brent (Sue) Mockli of Salt Lake City Utah, Jolene Mockli of Mt. Pleasant Utah, Luane (Sherm) MacFarlane of Layton Utah, David Mockli of Bountiful Utah, Ryan Mockli of Roy Utah, his former wife Traci Mockli of Idaho Falls, their two sons, Andy (Sara) Mockli of Boise Idaho, Dillon (Samantha) Mockli of Salmon Idaho, four grandchildren Odin Mockli, Freya Mockli, Porter Mockli, Paige Mockli, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Leo Mockli of Layton Utah.
A celebration of life will be held on July 10th. Contact family for more information.