Surrounded by love and family, Jason Rogers, 51, died peacefully Sept. 13, after battling heart issues for several years. He had attended Grammar and High School in Oakdale, and then moved to Modesto before moving back to his hometown in 2021.
Jason was always seen with his companion dog, Midget, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mix, who loved to chase squirrels and grab beef jerky from Jason and his friends at Kerr Park. Midget will continue to live in Oakdale with a friend.
Jason worked seven years for Dawn Foods and Bakeries in Modesto, before the company moved out-of-state. He had attended Tapps Cooking and Baking School in San Francisco and later used that education to support himself by cooking in casinos in Nevada, as well as numerous area restaurants, including the Divine Swine Restaurant and Strikes and Spares at Yosemite Bowl in Modesto.
Most recently, Jason had worked at Sconza Candy in Oakdale where he assured safe working procedures and sanitary practices were being followed at the candy plant. He was on leave from that position after health issues sidelined him. He was passionate about his dog, Midget, good barbecue, enjoying his friends and family, hot rods, watching parades and attending events in his hometown.
Jason leaves behind a son, Kyle Rogers, and wife Katy; a daughter Chelsea Pagnucci and her husband Dominic; and two grandsons, Wyatt and Bennett. He was hoping to meet a new grandson in November, to be named Dean.
He is also survived by his sisters, Terri Rogers of Modesto, and Maria Payne of Oakdale, as well as a circle of friends he and Midget made everywhere they went.
A celebration of life will be held in the future in Jason’s honor.
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