On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, Troy Rachau, a talented drummer, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 62.
Troy was born in La Grande, Ore., on April 13, 1960, to parents, William “Bill” and Marilyn (Powell) Rachau. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1978, attending Eastern Oregon University for a short time before ultimately hitting the road to pursue his life’s passion — music.
At the age of only 6, Troy was given a hand-me-down set of drums, an event that would shape the rest of his life. In high school, he played drums in band and swing choir; in college, he played with the schools musical combo, and in the 1980s, he played with two popular groups in his hometown, A Touch of Class and Coffey Twins.
From there, Troy continued to follow his musical dreams. In 2007, his music brought him to New Mexico, where he met his love, Roberta “Bobbi” Montoya with whom he spent his last 15 years in happiness.
Troy was proceeded in death by his father, Bill; his mother, Marilyn; and his brother, Todd.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi; his three daughters, Melissa, Keea and Darbi; stepson, Bob; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Sept. 17 at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.
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