Roger Sexton was born and raised in
Oakland, California, where he graduated from high school
in 1964. He then enrolled at San Francisco State
College. In 1966, he quit college and joined the U.S.
Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam. After his tour with
the U.S. Marine Corps, Sexton returned to the United
States and worked full time as a construction laborer
while attending night school. He then received a
Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from
California Polytechnical State University in San Luis
Obispo. Sexton is currently a vice president of
estimating at a major construction company.
Sexton enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, adventure
racing, backpacking, card games and seeing films. He
describes himself as intense, confident and emotional.
He is most proud of his two daughters, Amy (a 25
year-old fourth grade teacher) and Heather (who died in
1992 at the age of 16). He is a member of the National
Offroad Biking Association, International Mountain Bike
Association, USA Adventure Racing and the Sierra Club.
Sexton is doing this because he wants to test himself
against anyone of any age or gender to see if he can
ultimately be the survivor
Sexton resides in Valencia, Calif.,
with his wife, Diane. They have one dog, Cleo, and one
cat, Monty. His birth date is September 26, 1946.