It is with profound sadness that the family of Joseph A. Roman, known to his friends as “Joe,” announces his death. Joe died peacefully in his sleep at his second home in Carlsbad, CA on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1957, Joe was the oldest son of Margaret Roman (nee Gottlieb) and Robert E. Roman, Sr., who owned and operated Roman’s Heating & Air Conditioning. He grew up in Indio, California and attended Indio High School. Joe was an Eagle Scout in his youth and he was a talented piano player throughout his life. His loved ones will miss hearing him playing piano beautifully at home on an almost daily basis.
Joe obtained his real estate license and sold his first home at age 19. He went on to earn a degree in Economics from UCSD, and then his law degree from the University of San Diego (USD), School of Law in 1982.
After law school Joe returned to the desert and began his law practice in Palm Springs, California. In 1984 he founded his own firm, The Law Offices of Joseph A. Roman. In the course of his 38 years of practice, he became a specialist in corporate litigation, real estate law, and probate and estate planning, with unique expertise in Native American and Native People’s Law.
Joe was known for his brilliant intellect and keen attention to detail. He was naturally kind and generous and he was fiercely loyal to those he cared for, including his clients. There were no limits to his generosity. He freely gave his time, expertise, and creative problem solving to those in need. These qualities made him beloved to all who knew him. So many of his clients have reached out to tell us that Joe treated them like family during the times in their lives that mattered most. The outpouring of love and support from Joe’s clients and colleagues from the past 38 years has been an overwhelming source of comfort to our family.
Joe was a tall man standing at 6’3”, but it was his colorful and dynamic presence, sharp wit, irreverent sense of humor, and attention to detail that made him seem larger than life. Joe lived every day to its fullest, creating moments of fun and humor wherever he went.
The life that Joe created with his partner Mark was filled with family and friends. In truth, everyone felt like family when they were with Joe and Mark. Above all else, the world has lost a true and loyal friend, but Joe's generosity, kindness, loyalty, and vibrant approach to life live on in his daughter Genevieve and in others whose lives he touched.
Joe is survived by his partner of thirty years, Mark Wilson; his daughter, Genevieve Christine Roman; his mother, Margaret Roman; his two brothers, Robert E. Roman, Jr. and Daniel Roman; his aunt Laura LeBreton; his pets, Dakota and Frank; and many dear friends, colleagues, and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Roman, Sr., and his beloved grandmother Christine Atkins.
Due to gathering limitations in Riverside County, a private memorial service will be held for close family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe’s name to The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs.