Obituary: Roger Paul Hagan

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Roger Paul Hagan

Port Townsend, Wash.

Aug. 21, 1953 – March 7, 2017

Roger Paul Hagan, 63, of Port Townsend, Wash., went to be with his Lord on March 7, 2017. Although his yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer had been progressing fairly well, he passed away unexpectedly due to complications from a surgical procedure. Roger will be remembered for his strength, bravery, compassion, optimism and his dry sense of humor.

Roger grew up in Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington and earned a master’s degree from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Appleton, Wisc. Roger worked for forest products companies for most of his life and managed eight paper mills during his career. When he was approached by the Port Townsend Paper Corporation about leading the mill in 2013, it felt like an invitation to return home, back to the area he loved growing up. He was eager for the opportunity to share it with his wife, Lynn, and the couple looked forward to retirement in

Port Townsend.

Roger served as President of PTPC for two years prior to the sale of the mill. He also served as Executive Chair of the Paper Industry Management Association for 2013. Roger will posthumously be awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in May, from the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation, where he served on the Board of Directors. Most recently, he had been working as the Chief Operating Officer for American Biocarbon LLC, based in White Castle, La.

After coming to Port Townsend, Roger quickly became involved in the community. At PTPC, he worked hard to improve engagement and interaction between the mill and its neighbors. Roger opened the doors to the mill, hosting the first open house tours in 60 years and pioneering the PTPC Kraft Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. He also championed the local environmental efforts of sustainability advocate Francesco Tortorici, donating labor and the mill’s recycled biochar to Tortorici’s water purification project.

Roger was the secretary for the Northwest Maritime Center Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson County Community Foundation and was the 2013-2014 Campaign Chair of United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County. Roger was a founder of the Better Living Through Giving circle of the Community Foundation, which awarded two grants to in 2016.

Roger grew up with a great love for the sea and for fishing. His father, after retiring from the Boeing Company, started a commercial fishing charter boat business out of Westport, Wash. Roger would help his father on the boats during his summer breaks while his mother ran the charter office. Most recently, in Port Townsend, Roger loved to be out on his boat whether it was fishing, shrimping, crabbing or just riding around.

At an imposing 6-foot-8, he was affectionately known by friends and co-workers as a gentle giant. He was a gifted musician and had a passion for playing fingerstyle guitar. He benefited from attending workshops led by guitarists such as Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Huttlinger and Tommy Emmanuel.

Roger is survived by his wife Lynn Marlow; daughters Michele Mae (Dennis) Gleeton of Maricopa, Ariz., Sarah Marie Fox of Atlanta, Ga., Rachel Ann Hagan of Birmingham, Ala., Jonnie Ruth Hagan of Knoxville, Tenn., and Emily Virginia (Sam) Hardy of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson Eliot Rainier Smith-Williams of Asheville, N.C.; brother Chuck (Mimi) Hagan, Apache Junction, Ariz.; niece Aimee (Nick) Tubbs of Maple Valley, Wash.; nephews Dale (Paulette) Hagan and Jim Hagan, both of Bonney Lake, Wash. He was predeceased by his parents, Lynn Dennis and Ona Hagan, and his son, Lucas Lynn Hagan.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, March 16 at 11 a.m. in the Maritime Meeting Room at the Northwest Maritime Center with Pastor Tony Brown of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to PANCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org).

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