Roger Allen DeYoung peacefully passed away in his sleep at home on November 3, 2007. He was the son of Peter and Alice DeYoung from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Roger grew up in Pasadena and attended the University of Southern California. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and served as a second lieutenant, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the war, he returned to USC and received a Bachelors of Science degree in 1948. Roger was a member of the Trojan Knights, President of the Trojan Squires, and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Roger married Nancy Lou Ayres and they lived in Hancock Park for many years, and later moved to Newport Beach in the early 1970s.
Roger started his career as a real estate developer with Frank H. Ayres and Son. He subsequently opened his own company, Roger DeYoung Construction Company, and was joined by his two sons, Roger Jr. and Doug. Roger was well respected in the real estate industry and was known for his integrity and honesty. Roger had an unassuming, affable nature and always enjoyed meeting new people. He was always kind, generous, and giving. Roger was a great friend to many, and he will be sorely missed.