August 2, 1948 ~ July 9, 2011
Roy passed away at his home in Glendale suddenly from natural causes. He was born in San Jose California, the son of Dorothy Orm Coleman and Melvin Coleman. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn and brothers Richard and Tom as well as cousins, nephews, and nieces. Roy served proudly as a U.S. Marine and was a Viet Nam Veteran, receiving numerous Commendations including the Purple Heart. He was retired from the Marine Corps at age 20. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Loyola University. He began a long career in public service beginning as a veteran’s representative with EED in Hollywood then to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He ended his years of service as a hearing officer with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement for the State of California. Roy also proudly served as a Civil Service Commissioner for nearly two terms for the City of Glendale. An avid sports fan he loved his Dodgers and for many years those … Raiders, and oh, those poker parties! Roy will be forever remembered for his love of family. To anyone who knew him he was a force of nature. If you were his friend you had a true friend for life. For a man of his strength and convictions he was such a generous, gentle loving soul. He will be much missed by all who knew and loved him. For those of us who remain here without Roy – we look forward to him being there to greet us with that smile and hug.
Services will be held at Glendale Forest Lawn Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM in the Little Church of the Flowers.