We have said farewell to our beloved partner and steadfast friend. Our lives have been forever enriched by his presence in them. His memory is a blessing for all of us. Godspeed, Mickey.
Michael Joseph Carl (Mickey) Roth was born September 7, 1941 in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Herbert and Jenny Roth.
He was a brilliant student and athlete, graduating as valedictorian of his class at El Paso High School and lettering in basketball and track, as well as acting as drum major of the marching band.
His appointment to the United States Air Force Academy followed, leading him to a lifetime of service. His classmates selected him as Cadet Wing Commander of the Academy’s fifth graduating class, and he graduated tenth in his class with a bachelor’s degree in physics. During his years at the Academy, Mickey was chosen to march in the inaugural parade of President John F. Kennedy and later, at their graduation ceremony, to present the President with an honorary membership in the Class of 1963.
Following the Air Force Academy, he attended flight school and survival school, traveled the world, married, and was deployed to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base. He flew over 140 night bombing missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was recognized for his bravery and skill as a pilot. Over the course of his Air Force career, Mickey was decorated with nine Air Medals, seven Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star, among other honors.
After his service in the Vietnam conflict, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Research and Development Systems Management.
Upon leaving his military service, Mickey began his second career in the financial services industry, first as a trust analyst for the State National Bank of El Paso, then at Corpus Christi National Bank, and then joining his former dean and mentor from his Air Force Academy days, General Robert McDermott, at USAA in San Antonio.
Mickey began as a junior fixed income analyst but rose to lead the development of the USAA mutual fund family, eventually serving as the inaugural president of USAA Investment Management Company until his retirement in 2001.
His retirement was short-lived, as soon he joined Intercontinental Wealth Advisors in San Antonio. He served as president of that firm until 2013, bringing his experience in developing institutional investment plans to individual investors.
Mickey was a longtime leader in many of San Antonio’s charitable institutions, serving on the boards of Methodist Hospital, Planned Parenthood of South Texas, the United Negro College Fund, the Board of Visitors of Trinity University, and the United Way of San Antonio, among many others. He was a longtime volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He also served as president of Temple Beth-El.
He was known for his brilliant approach to investment analysis, his mediocre trumpet playing, and his love for his wife, Jutta; his children and their spouses, Marnie (Jeff), Matthew (Lisa), David, Anke, Andrea, Alexandra (Keith), and Erin (James); and his grandchildren, Adam, Austin, Alexander, Maximiliano, Katie, James, Bettina, Karl, and Sam.
Mickey was an intelligent, kind, deeply loving, and a very funny son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was a great friend and loved meeting new people, always ready with a handshake, a welcoming smile, and a sincere interest in the lives of others. Together with his wife, Jutta, he traveled the world and enjoyed life to the fullest. Mickey had an unwavering commitment to integrity and inspired all he met by his example. He will be sorely missed by all of us whose lives he touched. His memory will be with us until his last story is told by his loving family.
Zikronah I’bracha – May his memory be for a lasting blessing.
In lieu of flowers, Mickey’s family suggests contributing to music education programs at Trinity University. You may also choose to plant a tree as tribute through the Memorial Tree Program on the Porter Loring Website.
To attend the virtual memorial service on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm, please visit https://www.beth-elsa.org/live-streaming/.