Roger Dale White
Roger Dale White
December 25, 1956 - September 25, 2017

Roger D. White

Roger Dale White, 60, of Satsuma, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following an extended illness.

Roger was born in Guntersville, AL and had been a resident of Satsuma for the past 35 years coming from Cullman, AL. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, where he served in the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, KY and held the position of Infantry/Unit Armorer. During his service with the U.S Army, he went to the Panama Canal Zone and engaged in jungle operations. He also received the Award of Excellence in Physical Security Procedures, a Letter of Commendation for “Most Outstanding Soldier”, and the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He received training at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL in electronic technology and computer science. While at Wallace State Community College, he designed and built an ethanol still that allowed for gas savings on automobiles. He also attended Daytona Beach Community College where he received training in psychology, first aid, safety, and computer programming Fortran. Additionally, he attended the Fanuc Robotics Electrical School. He played bass guitar with a couple of the members of the group Kansas, prior to their becoming famous.

He owned and operated Gatestar Microsystems in Satsuma from 1993 until 2003 and had worked at Florida Production and Engineering Company in Ormond Beach from 1984 – 2009, where he was an electronic systems analyst. During his electronics career, Roger designed high-speed robot interface mold injection machines, designed the hopper monitor system alarm unit, developed a programming method for chrome plating units that aided in reducing scrap and increased plating speed, designed the core pull/core set prox switch for mold injection machines, designed a gas saving unit for automated plasma tig welding machines, and designed the PT Cruiser desktop computer system. He enjoyed mechanics, robotics, electronics, electrical work, and maintaining his rental properties. Roger was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurie White, of Satsuma; his father, L.D. White of Satsuma; and a brother, Larry White, of Union Grove, AL.

Surviving are his mother, Elizabeth Garrison of Arab, AL; two daughters and son-in-law, Angela Shiflett of Satsuma and Amanda and Erik Mainville of Interlachen; a sister-in-law, Teresa White, of Union Grove, AL; a brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Lori White of Union Grove, AL; three grandchildren, Nathan Shiflett, Austin Shiflett, and Taylor Brooke Mainville; three nephews, Jeff White, Matthew White, and David White; and family friend, Jodi Roberts of Satsuma.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka with Pastor John Miles officiating and military honors bestowed by the U.S. Army. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In celebration and honor of Roger’s life a Video Tribute will be shown.

Memorial gifts may be made to a Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed on his online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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