Previous Survivor: The Amazon Contestant Roger Sexton has died at the age of 76. He died on October 26, according to an obituary shared by his family. Sexton had dementia and was in hospice care when he died at his daughter’s home.
“Roger Kenward Sexton, Father, Grandfather, Husband, Brother, Marine, Survivor, passed away at the home of his daughter and son-in-law on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, after a brave and courageous battle against Lewy Body Dementia. . ”, says the obituary. “Surrounded by his loving family and the loving assistance of Walla Walla Hospice, Roger was finally able to find peace.”
Born and raised in California, the retired Marine served in the Vietnam War. After his service, he went to college and married his wife, and pursued a successful career in construction estimating.
Sexton appeared in season 6 of Survivor, in which the players were divided into two teams of only men and only women. He became leader of his Tambaqui tribe, but eventually came into conflict with the younger men and women of the merged tribe. When the women realized that Sexton would probably never vote for a woman to win the game, the women successfully planned to shock him out, making Sexton the first contestant cut after the merger. It was the seventh elimination of the season.
Sexton’s family noted the abrasive nature Survivor viewers got to know him in his obituary.
“Confidence, discipline, and determination to succeed were vital components of Roger’s character, helping him to make it on Season 6 of the reality show. Survivor in 2002. However, the other, more challenging aspects of his character eventually prevailed, leading to his eventual demise, but providing lasting reminders of the heightened strength that Roger was,” it reads.
He continues: “Above all else, Roger was an incredible provider for his family, appreciating his role as father to their daughters, Heather and Amy. Unfortunately, Roger lost her sweet daughter, Heather, at the young age of 16 to viral pneumonia on October 22, 1992, a loss still felt by all who knew her. However, the love that Roger felt for Heather carried over to the love he felt for his grandchildren, Drew and Hadley, keeping their memory alive through them and becoming their beloved Be Pa. So it is with love that we say goodbye. , or as Be Papa used to say: “See you later, alligator, in a while, crocodile, don’t let the moles slow you down.”
Sexton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diane, his daughter Amy, his son-in-law Brian Evensen, his grandchildren Drew and Hadley Evensen, and his two sisters, Pamela Mills and Patricia Markowitz.