Lester J. Gary - age: 73
(September 16, 1938 to November 10, 2011
Graveside Services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Exeter District Cemetery
Lester Junior Gary passed away in Kingman, AZ on November 10, 2011 while traveling to his oldest sister Naomi’s funeral.
Lester Gary was born September 16, 1938 in Atoka, OK to Roy and Jewel “Watson” Gary. They had 8 children, Alvin, Naomi, Bill, Rachel, Gene, Lavoice, Loretta and Lester. Lester’s father passed when he was 8 months old. Jewel “Granny” remarried Hugh King “Grand Dad” and had 2 more kids, Robert and Christine. Their family was very close and loved each other very much. Grand Dad and Granny owned and farmed 90 acres of peanuts. They migrated with their children to New Mexico after WW 11, then to Tehachapi where they settled. Lester served in the U.S. Navy 1956-1959. After this service he moved to Exeter with cousins Ronnie and Dean Watson.
Lester’s good friend Ron Cook introduced Marie Usrey to him. They married Dec. 28, 1961, they were married 50 years. They have three children, Douglas, Gabriel, and Melissa. Doug and Brenda gave them three grandchildren, Sarah Craft, Jacob and Rachel Gary and one great grandson Dillon Craft. Gabe and Marla added three more with Mattelyn Harke, Michael, and Joshua Gary and three great grandchildren, Keala, Noelani and one on the way Harke. Melissa and Darin Landers also with three, Rebecca Parker, Ralph “Jr.” and Rosanna Vidal and one great grandson Justin “JJ”. Lester settled and built a life in Exeter. He worked for E.U.H.S. thirty years. He was a maintenance and Head custodian. He also drove sports bus for many years. He loved driving the football bus during the70’s with coaches Bill Haynes and Larry Allred. After retirement, Lester enjoyed working the property he owned with his oldest son Doug. They worked hard together aising various animals and eventually planting walnuts. They had a good time hosting family events, such as Thanksgiving deep pit and Sunday football with the 49ers! He is preceded in death his brother Lavoice and his sister whom he referred to as the “Matriarch” Naomi. He was a great husband, father and friend. He will be missed