Roger Warren Tapley


Encinitis, California

Roger Warren Tapley, 78, passed away peacefully on Jan. 18, 2010 surrounded by his family at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, Calif.

Tapley was born in Lincoln, Neb., on June 16, 1931, to Evan Tapley and Maxine Everett. The family moved to Laguna Beach in 1940.

Settled in North Laguna, as a boy Tapley enjoyed the beach and was enrolled in the Junior Lifeguard program. After relocating to Long Beach, Tapley graduated from Wilson High School and then attended Long Beach City College. He joined the Navy in 1951, and toured Japan and Korea on the USS Skagit supply ship, as a radar man. He received the Purple Heart during the Korean War.

In September of 1953, Tapley married Maurice (Marcy) Craig. They settled in Long Beach, and had three children. Tapley worked as an architectural designer and draftsman in Long Beach and Newport Beach.

The couple loved to move around. They moved to Mission Viejo in 1967 and would purchase a new home every few years, moving kids and pets and landscaping each property from scratch, employing their three children as laborers. In 1978, the Tapley family moved to Laguna Beach and remained in the same home until 2004, when they retired and relocated to Crowley Lake, Calif. Their log cabin dream home had a view of mountains and a running creek near the front deck.

In 2009, Tapley was forced to move to a lower altitude for his health. He and Marcy designed and built another home with a view in Fallbrook.

Tapley had many interests. His father and father-in-law took him hunting and fishing in the Eastern Sierra in the 1950s. When his own children were growing up, the Tapley family vacations always included a summer camping trip.

During one 1970 trip, the family piled into the Pontiac GTO and headed to the White Mountains of Arizona. The trip took an adventurous turn when the route crossed rivers and streams on a dirt road at extremely high temperatures for 30 miles. The week-long venture included camping in remote spots on and off Indian reservations.

Tapley loved the beaches of Laguna and body surfed in his earlier years. Later, he enjoyed the scene from a beach chair, watching his grandchildren surf and skim on the local beaches. Tapley also loved playing golf and watching sports on television. He was a hobbyist woodworker, who loved making handmade gifts for the family.

Tapley is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marcy Tapley; his daughter Melinda Zoller of Laguna Beach; his son Craig Tapley and daughter-in-law Angie Crowley Lake, Calif; his daughter Marilee King and son-in-law Daniel King of Laguna Niguel; and grandchildren, Isaac and Nathan Zoller, and Gracie, Shay and Ashton Tapley. Memorial donations can made to CHOC Children’s Hospital of Orange County, 455 Main St. Orange, CA 92868- 3874.

A private memorial service for family and friends will be held the north beach at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach at 2 p.on Feb. 6.