Many in Edmonds Thursday were mourning the passing of James E. “Rock” Roth, a retired career Naval officer who made his mark helping others through numerous volunteer efforts as an Edmonds Rotarian.
“He typified Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self,” said friend and fellow Rotarian Jim Blossey.
According to Blossey, Mr. Roth retired from the Navy as a full Captain (E-6), after serving as a combat jet pilot, with over a thousand carrier landings. During his career, he was responsible for the siting and development of the Everett Naval Station.
He was immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers and also was a past president of Edmonds’ noon-time Rotary Club. In addition, he served as chaplain of the Edmonds Post 8870 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and chair of the board of directors of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.
Through Rotary, Mr. Roth served as a mentor and leader of volunteer efforts at Scriber Lake High School, an alternative high school in the Edmonds School District, and was “very active in other civic and church affairs,” Blossey said.
Mr. Roth is survived by his wife Marilyn as well as children and grandchildren. We will post more information as it becomes available.