In Memory

Carl Roger Liljestrom Jr - Class Of 1941

Carl Roger Liljestrom Jr

Roger Liljestrom (September 23, 1923 - July 17, 2011) passed away peacefully at his home in Laguna Beach.  He was born in Pueblo, Colorado and moved to Southern California when he was two years old. 

Rog attended South Pasadena High School where he made many friendships that lasted a lifetime; some of his fondest memories were of South Pasadena days.  He attended Colorado College for one year where he pledged Sigma Chi fraternity before returning home and joining the Navy.  After the war, Rog earned an undergraduate and law degree at USC.  He first practiced law with his father's Los Angeles firm, Hunter & Liljestrom.  In 1961 he moved with his family (wife Beth and two young sons, Brent and John), and joined the newly formed law firm of Adams, Hunt & Martin in Santa Ana, which subsequently became Hunt, Liljestrom & Wentworth.  Rog joined the Good Wildman Hegness & Walley firm later in his legal career

Rog was an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was highly respected by his peers in the legal community.  His great loves were family, golf, traveling, and Laguna Beach.  Rog played the famous golf courses of Ireland, England, and Scotland, and sailed the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas for many years with good friends, but was also very happy being in his home enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean and spending time with family.

He is survived by Beth, his wife of 59 years, his son Brent (and wife Diane) in Laguna Beach and their three sons; son John (and wife Allison) in Jackson, Wyoming and their four children.  Rog will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather with a dry sense of humor.  He was a man of principle and integrity who was true to his word and to himself.  His was a life well and fully lived.

Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2011