Roger E. Harlan |

Roger E. Harlan


Roger E. Harlan passed away late on January 5, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah, from cardiac arrest following heart-valve surgery. He was born on June 28, 1935, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Erwin and Ann Ellerbroek Harlan. He married Marilyn Irene Wyatt in Escondido, Calif., on May 6, 1961.

Roger graduated from Van Nuys High School and Wheaton College in Illinois, where he majored in history. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. In the late 1950s he joined the Young Life staff. While living in Dallas, Texas, he met Marilyn and together they moved to Philadelphia, Penn., where their children were born. His career with Young Life would eventually take the Harlan family from Philadelphia to Toronto, Canada, Orange County, Calif., and Pittsburgh, Penn., before settling in Park City in 1987. Along the way, he also taught Youth Ministry at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Penn.. Roger brought Young Life to Utah, where it continues to thrive today.

Roger was an avid reader and classical-music enthusiast. He enjoyed biking around Park City, skiing, traveling, and meeting new people wherever he went. He also traveled twice to China with a group teaching English to college students. He loved others and took time to make them feel special. Roger served 10 years as a City Councilman for Park City. He held positions on the Library Board, the Salt Lake Theological Seminary, and was a founding director of SportsLife. Roger was a member of Mountain Life Church, where he served on the Missions Committee for many years. He also led a weekly men’s Bible study.

Roger is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Park City; his daughter, Leslie Ann Harlan (husband John Buchanan) daughter Eleanor and twins, Henry and Mabel of Newton, Mass.; his daughter, Lynn Katherine Diaz (husband Jason) of St. Louis, Mo.; and sister Virginia Black of Concord, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father Erwin, mother Ann, and son John Timothy.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Park City Miners Hospital, 1354 Park Avenue, in Park City. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at the Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Boulevard, in Park City. There will be a viewing 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral. Arrangements in care of Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Young Life of Utah, PO Box 681913, Park City, UT 84068 or Friends of Animals of Utah, P.O. Box 682155, Park City, UT 84068.

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