Army Spc. Roger Lee died July 6, 2010 in Qalat, Afghanistan, after an insurgent bomb blast struck the vehicle he was riding in. Lee enlisted in the military because he wanted to serve his country. Lee grew up in Monterey and attended Monterey High. After graduating he moved to Arizona, where he graduated from an auto mechanic trade school. It was there that he met his future wife, Elvina, who was attending the same school. They were married shortly after Lee enlisted in the Army. The couple had a daughter, Jazmyne, who is 5 years old. After his military service, Lee planned on returning to Monterey. The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Lee's name to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a place his family enjoyed spending time.