Roger Leroy Busbee lost his 10-year battle with cancer on April 10, 2020. A private man in many ways, he fought valiantly, keeping the knowledge of his illness mostly to himself.
Roger was born in Hawaii in December 1940 to young Navy parents, Lloyd and Margie Busbee. He survived the attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base shortly before his first birthday, hiding from the weapons fire from Japanese planes in the bushes with his mother. That began a childhood growing up on or near several naval bases, until he moved to Livermore, California, to finish high school. He has been a resident of Livermore since then.
As a young man, he spent many weekends at the Fremont and Half Moon Bay dragstrips, where he won several trophies. Tiring of rebuilding motors every week, he began building hot rods, showing them around the country and picking up more trophies. In his early 20s, he began a nearly 50-year career at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, and continued as a consultant for several years after that.
He is survived by his two sisters, Cheryl Field and Kathy Newland; niece Seana Field; and nephews Iain Field and Michael McPoland. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and a niece, Shannon Kinser.