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“We know it's been a long hard year for you and the children. We have been keeping you all in our prayers. ”
1 of 58 | Posted by: M/M H. C. Boyd - Aurora, CO

“Kay: I don't remember if you remember me, but I went to Law School with Joe. Joe was a great guy. I lost touch with Joe through the years, but...Read More »
2 of 58 | Posted by: Edgar H. Sevilla III

“My condolences to the Rogers family and the people of Colorado ”
3 of 58 | Posted by: Blue Dogs

“My heartfelt condolences to Kay..the children, brothers, La Tra, Jamie, and my love, Chris. Miss Lola...such a loss. Just discovered this terrible...Read More »
4 of 58 | Posted by: Jeanne Nelson - Highlands Ranch, CO

“I went to law school with Joe, we had many memorable lively talks and laughs together. When I went to Washington DC, we toured the Senate floor...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Peter Schelstraete - Tempe, AZ

“Juanita, Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Please remember that you are not alone...we are always here for you. ”
6 of 58 | Posted by: Jerry & Dorothy Belle - GA

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
7 of 58 | Posted by: Wanda & Ron Gorman - Denver, CO

“Joe, You will always live in our hearts. You were always our hero and we will see you on the other side. Juanita and family may God comfort you now...Read More »
8 of 58 | Posted by: Arlene Aguilar - Lakewood, CO

“ROGERS FAMILY, we would like to express our deepest sympathy. Jordan and Haley sorry for the loss of your father, if you need anything at all, just...Read More »
9 of 58 | Posted by: Ms. Kelly"coach", KIKI, Ronnie, and Deon - CO

“God bless, your family for all the great year's. ”
10 of 58 | Posted by: DC Dre Horton - Denver, CO

“Kay and Ms. Lola, We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Joe.We will remember the day you were united in matrimony and my daughter Breanna...Read More »
11 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Juanita, I don't know what to say. You and your entire family are in my prayers. I think of you often. Joe was so a quality person, truly a good...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: Pam Busch

“My Hero You will be miss But now you up in Heaven with Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Too Wonderful Soul. ”
13 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Juanita, You and your family are in my prayers. ”
14 of 58 | Posted by: Charlotte Anderson

“My condolene to the family. i've meet him twice I didn't look at politics I looked at a man who would give you the time of day. ”
15 of 58 | Posted by: Jon Sayles - Denver, CO - fan

“The world is a little poorer now but heaven is much richer...Joe you will be missed. My heart goes out to you, Kay, and your children. God Bless. ”
16 of 58 | Posted by: Cecilia Serna - Denver

“Trent and family. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 58 | Posted by: Jesse, Janet, and Dean - Denver, CO

“Juanita, I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Feel free to call me if you want to. God bless you and your family. ”
18 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Kay & Family Thinking and praying for you in your time of bereavement. Marla~ ”
19 of 58 | Posted by: Marla Thompson - Riverside, CA

“My Deepest Condolences go out to the Rogers Family and My Dear Friend, Lola.. May GOD Keep You All in HIS HEALING HANDS... ”
20 of 58 | Posted by: Bettiejean Williams - Denver, CO

“May God give you comfort and peace. I will always remember Rev. Rogers as a dedicated and hard-working man determined to help others. His powerful...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Venola Jolley

“Thinking of you and your family, Kay. Stephanie and Tracy Williams ”
22 of 58 | Posted by: Stephanie Williams

“My family and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Rogers family. May the grace of God comfort you during this time of grief. ”
23 of 58 | Posted by: Helen July - Denver, CO

“outstanding young man allways will remeber Joe and family ”
24 of 58 | Posted by: James Jackson - Denver, CO

“Prayers and condolences to the Rogers family. ”
25 of 58 | Posted by: Tina Cormier Burleson - CO

“Dear Kay and family....thinking of you and your family in this time of bereavement. Joe is remembered by many at Kenton Elementary School. I thank...Read More »
26 of 58 | Posted by: Sherry Brights

“With all our love and prayersNo words can discribe how sad we all are forYour family. Heaven is smiling.Lots of loveTim, Anne, Kristina and Luke Cole ”
27 of 58 | Posted by: Anne Meehan Cole

“Dear Rogers family, our community has lost a great member, leader and friend. We hope you will hold your memories close to help you through these...Read More »
28 of 58 | Posted by: Annita Menogan - Denver, CO

“Kay,My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God's peace embrace you and help you through the difficult times. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: Alberta Griego

“Kay, Trent , Jordan, and Haley, I love you all and will be praying God blessings upon you at this difficult time. We all had so many great times...Read More »
30 of 58 | Posted by: Peggy and Morgan Hassan

“Joe, I will never forget the great memories from Colorado State University. Back in 1982, you did great things in your life that your Family &...Read More »
31 of 58 | Posted by: Mike Vasquez - San Antonio, TX

“Juanita, Joe's passing is unreal to me. He was so young. I recently spoke to Joe's friend Jerry and he said that your family was doing fine. I...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Dennise Brunzetti - Denver, CO

“Kay and kids,My heart is breaking for you all. I wish I could be there to share in your grief. I keep in mind, though, that we will all be together...Read More »
33 of 58 | Posted by: Ted Sell

“Kay, and family, My heart goes out to you all. I am so sorry to hear about Joe. After just recently losing my father and watching my mother...Read More »
34 of 58 | Posted by: Lia Nelson-James

“Kay, Trent, Jordan, Haley and Lola - Our family is praying for you and for Joe. Joe had a great regard for his family, his city, for Colorado and for...Read More »
35 of 58 | Posted by: Troy Bettinger

“Dear Kay, I am so sorry to hear about Joe. May your faith in Jesus Christ give you and your family strength, peace, and comfort at this time....Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: Robbyn (Menogan) Celestin

“Juanita, I want to add my deepest thoughts and prayers to you and the kids. I so enjoyed getting to know you and Joe he was always such a delight to...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: Guest

“I was a high school classmate who admired this sweet, humble leader. I feel fortunate to have known and been inspired by him. My sincere condolences...Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: Terrie Martinez

“Kay, We share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence. ”
39 of 58 | Posted by: Deirdre Thames

“I had the privilege to know Joe and work with him on all three of his campaigns for political office. He was an amazing man who cared dearly for his...Read More »
40 of 58 | Posted by: Larry Weir

“I did not know Joe Rogers personally but appreciate his career and what he did with his life. God bless his family and I hope they can be comforted...Read More »
41 of 58 | Posted by: Carol Herold

“we are shocked and so sad to hear the news, we were lucky to have been neighbors with Joe and his family on biscay ct in Aurora, and will always...Read More »
42 of 58 | Posted by: Bill and Susan Bostwick

“oh Juanita, heaven has been blessed to receive such a truly good, honorable man, I'm so sorry Lord, we weren't finished with him here.Our heartfelt...Read More »
43 of 58 | Posted by: Ann Hill

“My deepest condolences to the family. Prayers for comfort are going out to each of you. ”
44 of 58 | Posted by: Luana Branch

“Joe, you were such a happy spirit and I'm thankful I was able to attend the Upward Bound program with you. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
45 of 58 | Posted by: Anna K. Martinez-Hernandez

“Kay condolences. My heart goes out to you and your family. ”
46 of 58 | Posted by: Clydette Booker

“Off and on for the past couple of years I worked for Joe. I always enjoyed my phone calls with him. His sense of humor, kindness and professionalism...Read More »
47 of 58 | Posted by: Brenda Haenel - Denver, CO

“Joe you will be truly missed, you were a good person, may God bless your family. ”
48 of 58 | Posted by: charlotte gavin-goens

“Charlotte Gavin - Goens ”
49 of 58 | Posted by: charlotte gavin-goens

“Joe, you will be sadly missed. You made Adams City High School proud to have you as a graduate. May you rest in peace. God bless you and your family. ”
50 of 58 | Posted by: Shirley (Brown) Wilcoxon

“Our condolences to Kay and family. Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We will keep you in our prayers. ”
51 of 58 | Posted by: Mr & Mrs H. C . Boyd - Aurora, CO

“Great friend, classmate and tennis partner. You will be greatly missed! My prayers for your family. ”
52 of 58 | Posted by: Sal Sanchez - Commerce City, CO

“Joe and I both attended Colorado State University in the 80's. He was always vivacious and dynamic even back then. Naturally destined for the...Read More »
53 of 58 | Posted by: Kimberli Boyd Shipley - Arvada, CO

“So sorry to hear this news. You have always been a good friend. Rest in peace, man. ”
54 of 58 | Posted by: Rick Grant - Bel Air, MD - Friend

“I will always remember Joe as a great leader, but a gentle giant. Joe made me proud to be a Black woman in Colorado. I especially remember the way...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Yjuania (Haynes) Baskerville - CO

“RIP my friend! Thanks for the help when I needed it. You will truely be missed by all!!!! ”
56 of 58 | Posted by: Katrina Papiernik - Brighton, CO

“Mary and I just found out. It is so shocking, we hoped it wasn't true. Our love goes out to his family. We will be there to lend any kind of...Read More »
57 of 58 | Posted by: Michael and Mary Burrell - CO

“I'll never forget the years running track together. All those day long meets laughing, and sitting in the stands with your dad. I remember you used...Read More »
58 of 58 | Posted by: Steve Whittier - Brooklyn, NY


Joseph "Joe" Bernard Rogers was a man of God who loved and honored God, family, and friends. He exemplified a belief that all things were achievable and possible through "faith in the good Lord". Joe was born on July 8, 1964, in Omaha, Nebraska as the second son to Lola Marie Rogers and Joe Louis Rogers. Joe accepted Christ at an early age and he loved, honored and trusted God in his day-to-day life. Much of what Joe learned as a young believer was from his grandfather; the late Reverend Emmett T. Streeter who served as pastor of the Claire Methodist Church in Omaha for 19 years. Joe adored his grandfather and cherished the wooden pulpit he inherited from him. In 1966, after his parents divorced, his mother moved Joe and his two brothers, Chris and Tracy to Denver, Colorado. In 1975, his mother married John Terry and the family became members of Bethesda Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Harrell Alexander in Commerce City. Joe loved the choir's singing and he loved being a part of youth activities and the ministry of Reverend Alexander. Joe seemed to be a natural born leader, beginning with always telling his brothers what to do! He attended Bradley Elementary School and Kearney Junior High School. Joe enjoyed music and loved to play tennis. Joe played the trumpet and became Drum Major while attending Adams City High School. He lettered in track, tennis, and jazz band. He also participated in the Upward Bound Program, a program designed to prepare high school students for college, this program was what changed the academic course of his young life. He worked his way through Colorado State University (CSU) majoring in Business Administration, graduating in 1986. While a student at CSU Joe was highly involved as a student leader. He served as the President of the Congress of Afro-American Students (CAAS) for two years. During his sophomore year he was initiated into the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated; Omicron Tau chapter. Joe was a student dedicated to service and often was the leader in marches and demonstrations against social injustices such as; apartheid in South Africa and issues related to financial aid and resources for students. He was a big brother in the Office of Black Student Services' Big Brother/Big Sister program and an active member of the Black Business Scholars Association. Joe was also an Orientation Leader with Preview CSU. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Overall Achievement Award presented by the Office of Black Student Services and he was selected as the Colorado State University Homecoming King during the 1983-1984 academic year, becoming the first African American to hold this honor. In 1986, Joe was selected by Business Today Magazine as one of the top 200 Student Leaders in the United States. It was during these formative college years that Joe set his sights on studying law with a focus on public service. However, one of his most memorable experiences while at CSU was when he met the love of his life and soul mate Juanita "Kay" Hardy, who would become his bride on July 25, 1992. To this union three children were born; Trent Joseph Alfred; Jordan Kay and Haley Nicole. Joe earned a scholarship to attend Arizona State University Law School where he enhanced his public speaking skills. Joe served as president of the Black Law Students Association, was a member of the National Championship American Bar Association Negotiation Team and the Jencks Cup Closing Argument State Championship. He also won the National Bar Association's National Negotiation Competition—a contest involving 80 U.S. law schools. After earning his law degree, Joe began his law career working as a contract associate with the firm of Harris & Palumbo, followed by the firm of Snell and Wilmer and then served as an extern clerk for the United States District Court for the State of Arizona. Joe spent part of his time providing free legal services for the poor in rural southeast Colorado as part of the Colorado Bar Association's Lend-A-Lawyer Program. He then went on to practice law with one of Colorado's most prestigious law firms; Davis, Graham & Stubbs from 1989 – 1993. After four years with the law firm Joe finally made the step into his dream of working in public service. In 1993, he and his new bride moved to Washington, DC where he served as legal counsel to former U.S. Senator Hank Brown. In our nation's capital, he worked on issues related to business, agriculture, banking, telecommunications, economic development, transportation, housing, and the law. For two years, Joe worked for Senator Brown then decided to make his own bid for public office. Joe, Juanita and their infant son Trent returned to Denver in 1996 and he decided to run for a seat in the House of Representatives. Although he started out the race as an unknown by the general public he ran a strong race and gained name recognition. In 1998, Joe used the momentum from his run for the Congressional seat to run for Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. In 1999, Joseph Bernard Rogers was sworn in as the youngest Lt. Governor in the nation and the second African American in Colorado to hold this position. Joe loved Colorado and during his tenure as Lt. Governor, Joe wanted nothing more than to make life better for all Coloradoans in every corner of our state. Joe served as chairman of the newly formed National Conference of Lieutenant Governors. He was a principal speaker at the 2000 GOP National Convention. He served on the seven-member National Commission on the Voting Rights Act. Joe has been recognized for his work and commitment to strengthening America. Among his numerous awards is as a recipient of the prestigious Trumpet Award from Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting. The Trumpet Award is one of the nation's highest honors bestowed in recognition of African American achievement and heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made

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