Leslie E. Leyshon died on December 24, 2016 at Mercy Hospital at the age of 93. Leslie was the oldest of 10 children and was born August 16, 1923 in Ignacio, Colorado to Evean and Cecile Leyshon. He grew up in Bayfield with his parents and nine brothers and sisters. He never married but was the patriarch and father figure beginning at age 20. |
Leslie was a man of many talents. He worked at a sawmill, a gravel pit and for two coal mines. He worked on the family farm near Bayfield until it was sold in 1948. He served in the Army in 1949 and the National Guard and worked for Chet Tingley Flooring, Basin Bowling, and Hillcrest Golf Course.
In 1989 he bought some acreage near Ignacio where he returned to his ranching ways with his brother Glen. Together they irrigated alfalfa and raised a small herd of cattle for 20 years.
He is survived by his siblings, Ida Whitcomb of Englewood, Colorado, Glen Leyshon (Peggy) of Ignacio, Colorado, and Pearl Wiggins (Terry) of Farmington, New Mexico. He is also survived by numerous loved nieces and nephews, including his niece Christi Zeller, of Durango, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, and six additional siblings: Mary Richardson, Ruth Oleson, Henry Leyshon, Vernon Leyshon, Ethel Miller and Cecile Dice.
Leslie was a life time member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Durango until the lodge closed. In his younger days, he loved bowling, golf, skating and hunting. In the last few years he loved watching the Broncos and Rockies, playing Solitaire, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and taking walks in his neighborhood. Mostly, he loved his family, he was a bit grumpy, but he had a heart of pure gold.
There will be a private graveside service in January and a memorial service later in the spring. Memorial Contributions can be to a charity of your choice or to Mercy Health Foundation - 1010 Three Springs Blvd, Durango, CO 81301.
Published in The Durango Herald on Dec. 29, 2016