March 30, 1920 ~ June 15, 2008
Roger G. Hammond
A kind father, good friend and loving grandfather Roger Gerrard Hammond passed away on Father's Day June 15, 2008 in Santa Monica of heart related problems. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 30, 1920 to Helma (Gerrard) and Wendell Blair Hammond. He is a former resident of Redondo Beach.
Roger enjoyed his childhood in Utah. He earned extra money in summertime by working on local farms, pumping gas and making shakes at the nearby gas station. He displayed an early bent for working in art and submitted comics to the Salt Lake Tribune in his junior high years. Roger loved his time at Davis High School and was honored to be named 'Judge' where he presided over cases of student infractions. He attended the University of Utah majoring in Art and Business and made friendships in his fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha that have lasted a life time. At the 'U' Roger had great fun being editor of the student humor newspaper 'The Humbug'. After his graduation Roger lived in New York and San Francisco settling happily in Los Angeles. He was an artist at different ad agencies in L.A. before starting the company Group West Inc. on Wilshire Boulevard with his business partners in the late 1950's. Group West specialized in creating art for movie posters and for ads in newspapers, magazines, and billboards. Roger loved his job of more than 35 years and talked about his experiences many years after his retirement.
Dad loved taking his family on Saturday outings to Bob's Big Boy, go-carting, to the movies and shopping. He enjoyed family trips to Palm Springs, San Diego, and Salt Lake City, where relatives were visited. In more recent years he flew to Oregon to visit his grandchildren and also took several trips to Europe. He loved watching football (rooting for UCLA and BYU), spending time with his six grandchildren, eating chocolate cake, attending Hammond Family Reunions, sitting in Sunday School with his friends, reading any history book on World War II, driving his beloved Mercedes Benz and lunches at Soup Plantation.
Roger is survived by his daughter Jill (Clark) Adams of Torrance, CA, son Bruce of West Los Angeles, CA and daughter Nancy (Sean) McNeil of Beaverton, OR and grandchildren Ashley, Lindsey, and Hayley Adams of Torrance and Mike, Megan and Kevin McNeil of Oregon and his former wife June Thomas of San Pedro. He is also survived by his loving sister Nonie (Hays) Gorey of Salt Lake City, UT and nieces and nephews Hays Jr., DeAnn, Tom, Sue and their wonderful families.
Roger was an active member of the Westwood 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10740 Ohio Ave. in West Los Angeles. The funeral will be held there on Saturday, June 21, 2008. A viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11:00. Burial will be at Salt Lake City Cemetery in Salt Lake City, UT.
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