February 24, 1928 - August 12, 2007
Former Craig resident, Lester W. Turner, age 79, passed away on Aug. 12, 2007, at his home in Grand Junction.
He was born Feb. 24, 1928, in Hayden to Everett and Bertha Turner. He graduated from Hayden Union High School in May 1945 and joined the U.S. Navy.
After being discharged from the Navy, he made his home in Wyoming where he married Barbara Miller, and they started their family of two sons and a daughter. They moved to Gunnison where Les earned degrees in the field of education. During his career as an educator, Les worked in Gunnison as a music teacher, in Craig as a principal, in Leadville as an assistant superintendent, and in Lamar as a superintendent. Before his retirement, he moved back to Craig as the assistant superintendent where he helped to get a bond election passed in order to build the present Moffat County High School.
After Barbara's death in 1983, Les married Della Fiske. They moved to Grand Junction in 1987 and Les became involved with the Redlands Lions Club, worked at the Grand Junction Visitor Center, played a lot of golf, fished in the Gunnison area, traveled with RV groups and enjoyed time with his family and friends. He was passionately involved with the Lion's Club Colorado Kidsight Project, an eye screening program for preschool and kindergarten children in Mesa County.
Les is preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Bertha: his first wife, Barbara: two brothers, Robert and Wayne, and his daughter, Kelly.
He is survived by his wife, Della Fiske-Turner; son Craig (Kathy) of Greeley; son Chris (Vera) of Craig; a brother, Larry (Connie) of Elko, Nev.; three grandsons (Kyle, Mark and Scott) and one granddaughter (Simone).
Les requested a quiet, family memorial. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to: Region III Lions Club Kidsight Project, John Williams, Treasurer, 4010 Applewood, Grand Junction, CO 81506; Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 2754 Compass Drive Ste 377, Grand Junction, CO 81506; Western State College Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1264, Gunnison, CO 81230.