Roque Chadbourne was born on January 3, 1960 in Santa Ana, California. He grew up in California and after graduating High School in 1978, Roque moved to Anchorage, Alaska for adventure and worked in a gold refinery. He enjoyed the Alaska wilderness, fishing and "bear hunting." He moved back to the lower 48 in 1988 and worked as a structural engineer designing trusses, then started his own home design company in Albany, Oregon. It was there he met and married his "love at first sight" wife Dawne, and together they blended their families. Roque and Dawne moved to Goldendale in 2005 to retire, but did anything but that. In 2008 they were hired as the new Directors of New Hope Farms, and invested their lives in providing loving care to the residents who live there. It was also in 2008, they learned Roque had follicular lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes. Dawne suggested they resign from New Hope but Roque said, "No, he wanted to keep his head in the game", so they stayed! Roque fought cancer in his own unique way. He patiently and optimistically endured 8 years of cancer treatments, 2 stem cell transplants and related complications, always without fear or complaint. On February 11, 2016 with his wife at his side, Roque graduated to heaven! Roque was kind to everyone he met, wise and intelligent, and had a marvelous sense of humor.
Roque consistently showed God's love through the example of his life. He is the most Christ-like man we have ever known, and he will be deeply and profoundly missed by those of us that love him.
Roque is survived by his wife Dawne, children Michael, Stephen and wife Amber, Matthew and wife Anna, Kristi, Kyle, Rachel and Traci. He has one grandchild, Abigail Dawn, whom Grandpa Roque lovingly nicknamed "Abber-doodle" or "Doodles" for short. Roques' parents are Rick and Rosemarie Chadbourne, his sister is Holly Chadbourne and brothers are Ricky and Chip Chadbourne. He has many Aunts and Uncles, nieces and nephews as well. A memorial celebration of Roques' life will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God at 1602 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale. You are warmly invited to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.