Roger Klarer Memorial Page

Messages from members and friends sent to will be posted on this page.


Roger A. Klarer, 94, of Galt died November 10, 2017. He was born September 17, 1923 in Ponsford, Minnesota.

Roger lived in Placerville for 13 years before moving to the Galt area 47 years ago. He was employed as a transmitter engineer by KCRA-TV and later by KOVR. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, jeeping, ranching, inventing, and building mechanical and electrical machinery.

Klarer is survived by daughter Sherry (Boyce) Baker of California; two grandchildren, Jessica Adams of Washington and Ty Baker of California; and great granddaughter Sienna Adams of Washington.

Roger was married for 60 years in devoted love to wife Audrey, and they were never apart as they both passed away on the same day. A graveside service was held November 18, 2017 at Glenview Cemetery in Clements, California.


Roger Klarer and his brothers served in the US Army in Italy during WWII. Since he was interested in radio, Roger was assigned to Communications. He began his television broadcasting career at the KBET transmitter site on Highway 49 near El Dorado, California. In 1969 he was hired by KCRA-TV as a transmitter engineer.

After the FCC authorized remote control of TV transmitters in 1975, KCRA-TV, KOVR, and KXTV all purchased new RCA transmitters. Roger played an important part in the planning and installation of the new KCRA-TV transmitter.

When KCRA-TV decided to build their first remote news vehicle, Bill Karpisek, KCRA-TV Chief Engineer, transferred Roger to their studio to work with Stanley Ryno in assembling the new vehicle. At this time, Roger was also made Chief Engineer of AM radio station KCRA.

Later, when Bill Lawrence was promoted to Chief Engineer at KOVR, he hired Roger to take his place as KOVR Transmitter Supervisor in Walnut Grove. Roger was honored by KOVR as Engineering MVP of the Month in June 1992 and again in May 1994. He retired from KOVR in 1995.

Messages from Members and Friends

I never knew a more multi-talented person than Roger. He was as capable of driving a large piece of earth moving equipment as he was in designing the art work for printed circuit boards. During the updating of the KCRA-TV transmitter site for remote control, I worked the day shift and Roger worked nights. I used to say that when I asked Roger to build a Model T version of a remote control circuit, the next morning I would come in to find that he has designed and built a Mercedes version.

— Tom Hughes