Guy G. Roche Sr. at 2015 Huntsman Gala
Guy G. Roche Sr. – Committee Chairman
Guy spent 43 years with Instrumentation and Control Groups at Texaco, Goodyear Chemicals, The Foxboro Co. and Compressor Controls Corp. His last 17 years at CCC included many assignments.
Training and customer support for Sales and Application Engineers; conducting seminars worldwide attended by engineers and technicians from OEM’s and Major Energy Sector Companies.
He was the project manager at CCC for developing “pre-engineered” products and sales distribution channels needed to gain market share for these new products. As a member of the American Petroleum Institute and International Standards Organization, Guy worked with this select committee in writing new standards for special purpose steam turbine design and control systems.
His wife Josie, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in June, 1994. Fourteen years later, it was discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her liver. Guy immediately resigned his position and they relocated to Spanish Fork, Utah. They were never separated during those last six years.
By some miracle, Josie was able to start treatment immediately at Huntsman Cancer Institute where she first met Dr. Saundra S. Buys and her staff. After a short time, she began to refer to them as her “Angel Flight”. There were months and months of chemotherapy lasting two years and then additional drugs to try and provide an improved “Quality of Life”. This treatment regimen provided an additional four years for them to share. Several extended international vacations, with the blessing of her Doctor, provided time to reflect on and too prepare for future battles.
Josie did win many battles but from the start knew that she would eventually lose the war. This didn’t seem to faze her. In the last months her target was October 30, 2014 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Her optimism almost carried her there only to have her liver become the final roadblock. Her humor and spirit could not be broken by her disease. She even told Guy “that after her passing, he could pitch a pup tent at the golf course if he wanted to”.
Guy has begun a new journey by dedicating his life in support of projects which benefit cancer research hoping that one day others will not have to endure such trials. You can join him in this journey by supporting cancer research at HCI. As a team we can help defeat this heinous disease.