Gene Rogers (Screenshot via Sacramento Bee)

Gene Rogers lived a large life before dementia began to chip away at it.

A former Marine who signed up at 17 and fought in Korea, Rogers went on to become a stock car racer, earned an electronics degree and spent more than three decades working for AT&T as he and his wife, Kathryn, raised three boys during their 60-year marriage.

He spent his retirement in Carlsbad, living near Camp Pendleton where he started in the Marine Corps and where his passion for golf took him to a course nearly every day.

Then, he got sick.

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