Sam Roach, a namesake for Sam and Ann Roach Middle School, recently passed away. Services will be held on Saturday. He leaves behind a great legacy at the campus named for him in 2005.
“I feel like I am standing on the shoulders of giants and I am thankful for the vision that he left for our campus,” said Roach Principal Natasha McDonald. “Far beyond our time, Roach’s name and legacy will reverberate through our hallways.
“The incredible impact and influence that he’s had on our community can't be quantified! He embodies the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.’"
Roach’s family has lived in the area since the late 1800s and has left an indelible trail throughout the community. His great grandfather built the first house in Frisco in 1902 and his maternal grandparents owned Curtsinger's Drug Store on Main Street, once the center of downtown Frisco. Sam was raised on and worked the Roach family farm and ranch on Preston Road.
He was the second generation in his family to attend Frisco schools and graduated as the Frisco High School class valedictorian in 1953. As a senior, Sammy Roach was voted Most Likely to Succeed. He played football and participated in FFA for all four years of high school. He was captain of the football team, on the track team, active in the yearbook, participated in the annual play and served as the treasurer of his graduating class.
He cherished his childhood in Frisco and was committed to continuing to make it the best place it could be for young people. In the 1970s he began to explore new ways to serve his community and it was not long until he started to make waves. Sam was determined to not just watch his town of Frisco grow; he participated in the vision by serving in various community positions.
Roach served four terms on the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees from 1978-90. He was president for seven of those years and vice president for one.
He was instrumental in bringing Collin College to Frisco and he served on the Collin County Community College District Board and Collin County Community College Foundation Board for several years.
Throughout his life, Roach advocated for all persons seeking higher education to have the means to do so. He gave numerous scholarships to Frisco ISD and Collin College students throughout the years through their respective foundations.
In 2005, Sam and Ann Roach Middle School was dedicated in honor of their life and legacy.
Give in the Memory of Sam Roach
True to his dedication to the school district, the Roach family requests donations be made in his honor to Frisco Education Foundation for student scholarships, an organization that he held in high regard. Roach set up numerous scholarship endowments to benefit students in Frisco ISD.
Donations can be made in his honor/memory to the Frisco Education Foundation online at friscoeducationfoundation.org or by mail to P.O. Box 567, Frisco, TX 75034. All donations should include a note "In memory of Sam Roach."
The District is thankful for Roach, who will have a lasting impact on the Frisco community well after his passing. His legacy will live on forever.