Clarke – Leslie passed away on Monday, December 14, 2009 at the age of seventy-nine. He is predeceased by Donna, his loving wife of fifty-five years, and leaves behind his five children and their families: daughters, Kathy and husband, Al, Debbie and husband, Ron, Cheryl and husband, Jed, and sons, Rob and wife, Roxann, Rick and wife, Robin. Les was a devoted papa to thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Casey (Jeremy) Bryce and Clarke Lafleur, Lee Coutts, Colby and Sarah Allison, Jenni-lee, Chris (Kim), Katelyn, & Kari Ann Brown, Chad, Megan and Madison Clarke and Blake and Shauna Clarke. He is also predeceased by his father, George, his mother, Ida and brothers, Harry and Ernie and is survived by his sister, Vera (Bob) White, mother-in-law Jeanne Johnson, brother and sister-in-laws, Les (Marilyn) Johnson, Guy (Lorraine) Johnson, Rob (Adrienne) Johnson and Karen (Tom) Puckett, as well as many nieces and nephews. Les also leaves behind his lifelong friend, George Kokoska and his family.
Dad will always be remembered as a caring, hardworking father. He was raised, lived his life and passed in Hatzic Prairie. He was a logger by trade, shake mill owner and rounded out his years with his and Donnas’ Christmas tree farm. Providing his family with a small farm atmosphere they raised cows, horses, chickens and pets. His interests included woodworking and wood carving and he really enjoyed running equipment, cats and most recently his excavator.
The immediate family would like to thank all the relatives and friends for their support and sympathy during this year. Friends and family are invited to a special gathering at Hatzic Prairie Community Hall at 10845 Farms Road in Mission, Saturday, January 2nd at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.