Obituary: Roger Lerman


Roger Lerman, Age 70, a righteous man, suffered fatal injuries from a backhoe accident May 13. He is preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Jeanne Lerman, his dear Aunt Lo, beloved older brother Marty, close childhood friends Danny Raven and Alan Shapiro. A devoted and loving husband and father, Roger is survived by his wife of 30 years Roberta, and three children Daniel (Paloma), Elie, and Joseph. He is also survived by his brother Steve and sister-in-law Phyllis, his mom of 57 years Frances Lerman (104), siblings Joan and Bob, many nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends Neal Gold, Irv Kooris, and Jon Shapiro. Roger was all about his family, near and far. He stayed in close contact and cared deeply for his many nephews, nieces, and cousins. A true naturalist and outdoorsman, Roger was a consummate beekeeper, birdwatcher, camper and hiker. Always committed to protecting the environment, he was a co-founder of the first recycling center in Taos, Roadrunner Recyclers. A champion of progressive education, Roger helped build and develop Taos Charter School, and stayed involved in building projects at the school long after all his kids graduated. Roger was a beloved and involved member of the Taos Jewish Center, teaching Sunday School, building and maintaining an impressive library, and loving Torah. A Taoseno since 1980, Roger loved his community, its mountains, valleys, and acequias. And how about those Red Sox? Roger was an avid Boston sports fan, and loved talking sports (and life) with Taos buddies Steve, Gary, Chris, Robert, Mike, Juby, Bruce, Bruce, and all his pals at the swimming pool. Roger was a talented builder and a renaissance man. He would tackle any project, with skill and creativity. His efficient style of building always included passive solar features.Roger was always busy. He loved country dancing with his “spice”, beating her at tennis and cards, taking walks, watching movies, sailing on turquoise waters. He loved vacations with his family. Sports, photography with Daniel. Hiking, talking deeply with Elie. Playing chess, talking history with Joe. Roger was honest, and loyal, and strong. He meant so much to so many and he will be so missed.Graveside service will be held at Eretz Shalom Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 16th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Taos Community Foundation, POB 1925, Taos, NM 87571, The Friends of Taos Charter School, POB 3009, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557, or the Taos Jewish Center, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite R, Taos, NM 87571.
Arrangements by Rivera Family Funeral Home, Taos. To share a memory, please visit our website at


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