Alan Roush

Alan Roush

1934 - 2023

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Alan Roush was born in Pitsburg, Ohio on November 1, 1934. His parents, Dane and Florence Roush, moved their family to Arizona when Alan was a young man. Growing up in Scottsdale he had many hobbies and interests. He was a Ham Radio operator, an Eagle Scout and had a paper route. Alan loved horses and would ride through Scottsdale when it was still a desert. Some of his endeavors were building a ham radio tower, building a corral for the horses and even digging a 32ft water well while back in Ohio for the summer.


Alan met Carolynne Matheson at Sunnyslope Church of Christ in Phoenix. After their marriage in 1955, he was ordained as a minister while attending Southwest Christian Seminary. In addition to preaching at Coolidge Church of Christ during this time, he and his bride prepared to become missionaries. This adventure took them to Hawaii, where their two daughters were born, and Thailand, where their son was born. Upon completing their mission assignments, Alan and Carolynne came back to Phoenix, AZ where he attended Arizona State University to earn a Masters Degree and his teaching certificate.


Teaching was Alan’s passion. He moved his family to Lakeside, AZ in 1967 where he began his teaching career at Blue Ridge. Throughout his time as a middle/high school teacher, Alan taught Russian History, American History, Civics, and Free Enterprise. Alan had a love for the Lord and he was the consummate bible scholar. He taught for a year at Rockmont Bible College in Denver, CO, and led many bible studies at various churches and home groups over the years.


Alan was very active in his Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ community. He served as the chaplain for the local chapter of the High Country Riders Christian Motorcyclist  Association and preached at the Lakeside Campground during many summers. He also loved to go 4 wheel driving and was an associate member of the Red Rock 4 Wheelers, Moab, Utah and the Rim Country 4 Wheelers, Payson, AZ. He drove Carolynne all over the White Mountains! Another passion Alan had was shooting, learning about guns, and making his own ammunition. As a member of the White Mountain Shooters, he and Carolynne would often help with the auctions and other events held in the White Mountains.


Alan and Carolynne were loved by many in the White Mountains of Lakeside. Throughout their 54 years of living on the mountain, they attended several churches. Most recently they were members of The Church in Lakeside. Due to health issues, the tough decision was made to move to Peoria, AZ to be closer to their daughters. In their three years in the valley, Alan and Carolynne became involved with their new church family at Fellowship of Grace. Attending church and its various fellowship events brought them great joy.


Out of all the activities of his life, Alan was happiest when spending time with friends and family. He loved to go to breakfast and fellowship. Alan leaves behind his beautiful wife of 67 ½ years, Carolynne, his children, Diana and her husband Bibi, Debbie and her husband Kris, and Dane and his wife Jeanne. There are six grandchildren, Rebecca (Larry), Tim (Rose), Tiffany (Michael), Philip (Anna), Stephen (Christina), and Daniela (Steven) and eleven great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Maxwell, Summer, Joshua, Hutson, Nova, Beckett, Anakin, Strider, Henry, and soon to arrive baby girl Stelmar.

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