Roger Joseph Hopping


On Oct. 8, 2016, the day after his 76th birthday party, Roger Joseph Hopping of Adin, Calif., passed away at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born before World War II on Oct. 7, 1940, in Oakland, Roger immediately blazed a trail that was uniquely his own, filled with a passion for his wife, his family and friends, and his dogs Rocket Man and Roscoe. He was the son of Robert (2008) and Geraldine (Drage) Hopping (1975) and the oldest of five siblings. In 1989, Roger and his wife, Paula (Pataye) Hopping moved to the Pataye family home in Adin where for 27 years they made a life together.

Roger attended St. Joseph’s High School in Alameda and went on to community college, finishing at Sonoma State University where he studied art. He later completed an apprenticeship program to become a Union Carpenter and Licensed Building Contractor. Roger practiced his craft throughout the Bay Area and travelled to Alaska to work on the Alaskan Pipeline. He served in the U.S. Marines Reserves and was called up for the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Roger loved Mexican food and music: Jazz, R&B, Country, Funk, and Blues. Rarely did he miss an opportunity to recite his favorite lyric at the appropriate moment. Roger was an artist, a craftsman, and a naturalist. At one time, Roger was an avid waterfowl hunter who evolved into depicting in photographs, sculptures, and paintings the birds he once hunted. His love of birds and marshes, which began in childhood on the San Francisco Bay, was fully realized in his appreciation of the Ash Creek Wildlife area just outside his own backdoor. 

Determined to stop the senseless local Annual Coyote Killing Contest, and after years of active opposition, Roger finally contacted Project Coyote in 2013. One year later, California Fish & Game ruled to end all killing contests in the state of California. In 2016, Roger received Project Coyote’s first-ever Annual Coyote Warrior Award. Thanks to his passionate advocacy, the “Song Dog” still sings in Modoc County.

He is survived by his wife, Paula; brothers John (Laura), Mark (Kathryn), and Walter; his sister, Theresa (Hopping) Canizzaro; his sons David and Arthur Hopping; step-children John Cusack and Stacy (Cusack) Sweet; grandchildren Olivia and Liam Cusack; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph M. Hopping (1984) and niece, Alexandra Hopping (2011).

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Roger’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at his home in Adin. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers and cards, please consider a donation to one of the following: