Roger Wade Yoakum

10/29/1963 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 09/11/2019
Time: 1:30 pm
 – 2:30 pm


Roger Wade Yoakum passed away Friday, September 6, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 55 years at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, followed by a reception at Bacon Heights Baptist Church. A tribute of Roger’s life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Roger was born on October 29, 1963 to Pat and Joan (Fisher) Yoakum in Lubbock and graduated from Lorenzo High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Texas Tech University.  Roger returned to Texas Tech to earn his LCDC license.  Roger started his career as a substance abuse counselor at Starlight Recovery Center, Kerrville.  Moving back to Lubbock he worked for Lubbock Managed Care.  Following Lubbock Managed Care, Roger moved to Amarillo and worked for ARAD.   Currently Roger was working at Amarillo Transitional Treatment Center.  He was a member of Canyon First United Methodist Church.  Roger loved his family unconditionally as well as sports. His favorite teams included the Houston Astros, LA Lakers, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Tech Red Raiders.  His greatest gift was being a dad to his son Patrick. His greatest accomplishment was to celebrate twenty-six years of sobriety on September 16, 2019.

Survivors include his son, Patrick Wade Yoakum; parents, Pat and Joan Yoakum; sister, Patti Ketron; nephew, Jeffery Ketron; niece, Joni Ketron all of Lubbock; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; along with many beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Rickey Ketron.


The family of Roger Yoakum would appreciate memorial donations to be given to the Amarillo Transitional Treatment Center C/O Plainview Serenity Center, P.O. Box 278, Plainview, Texas 79073 in his memory.


17 thoughts on “Roger Wade Yoakum”

  1. Pat & Joan I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of Hope comfort you today is my prayer.
    Praying for you.
    Drilma Handley

  2. Patti Yoakum Ketron

    I remember the first time I saw my Baby Brother. I was staying with my Grandaddy and Grandma Fisher just down the dirt toad from our house and Dad and Momma came to pick me up when they brought Rog home from the hospital. I took one look at him and I loved my Baby Brother. He was a great playmate, Brother, and friend to me. Beyond that he was the greatest Uncle and Dad. Beyond that he made a difference in this world in the name of his Higher Power. I am so proud of my Baby Brother for the lives that he touched and for the lives that he changed. Go rest high in our forever home, Baby Brother; your work on earth is done. Well done. I love you so much then, now, and forever. I anticipate seeing you again.

  3. Dear Pat and Joan,
    I am without words today as I heard of Roger’s passing. My heart, prayers, and thoughts of comfort extend out to you and your family. May God bless you all and give you comfort and peace!

  4. Pat, Joan and family so very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one Roger. Prayers for you all !

  5. Celeste McGee Taylor

    So many great childhood memories in our small town and “the” family vacation where we were stuck riding in the camper while our sisters drove the pickup! You will be forever loved and missed dear friend! I like to think my Daddy was there on the welcoming committee when you went home! Love you all!

  6. Roger was one of the greatest men I have ever known, and one of the best friends I ever had. He was a spiritual warrior in the fight against addiction. He touched countless lives with his kindness, compassion, humility and wisdom. He was a truly gifted counselor. And more than that, he was an amazing father.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Just know the world is a better place because Roger Yoakum lived in it.

    Rest in peace, my brother. You fought the good fight….and you won. I will see you again someday.

  7. Sorry you friends are going through this sad time. We friends promise to pray for you now and later. We love you so much.

  8. Very sorry to hear about Roger. He devoted his life and time to helping others. He was very intentional, giving 100% to whatever he set forth to do.
    He loved his family dearly ❤️
    He will be very missed.
    I’m very sorry for your loss❤️
    Micki Phillips

  9. I am sorry to hear about his loss he was my teacher when I went though ARAD he thought me things about my self and he reached out to So many of his students

  10. Growing up together are some of my fondest memories of my sweet cousin . He could never tattle on us cause he was “ our partner in crime” Us four were very close . I will really miss him .

    . He has definitely helped so many people & literally saved their lives . I am SO proud of his accomplishments ! I’m sure when he arrived in heaven he was told “ well done , my good & faithful servant” My heart breaks for you Aunt Joan , Uncle Pat & Patti & his sweet son Patrick , that you will have to live on earth a while longer without him . I love y’all SO much !! We will all see him again tho , thank you Jesus .

  11. I didn’t get to know Roger very long in Amarillo but it didn’t have to take long for me to learn that he was a compassionate, devoted counselor, a caring co-worker, and a devoted father. The world is dimmer without Roger in it. I pray God’s comfort and strength to his family in this difficult time. I didn’t know him long on this Earth but I know I will see Roger again one day. To the family, I declare Revelation 21:4, which says “He will wipe every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Praise God! Roger’s suffering is over!

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