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Remembering Leslie Raymond Severance of Garden Valley

Les was born in Parshall, North Dakota on January 16, 1930 to Archie and Lela Severance.  He passed away from this world on December 23, 2016 in Boise, Idaho of brain cancer.  He moved to Elk River Idaho from North Dakota with his family when he was 7 years old where his father was a logger.  He lived there for 3 years, then the family moved to Nampa Idaho where Les continued to attend school.

Les married Jean Lois Munster of Nampa Idaho on January 14, 1950 and resided in Nampa, later moving to Boise Idaho.  Les had many occupations.  He hauled milk, worked for Ford Motor Company, Firestone Tires and at a paper mill.  He owned Les’s Auto Sales in Boise and developed Beacon Light Estates with Al Holl and Chuck Wendell.

He moved to Garden Valley Idaho in 1972 because of his love of snowmobiling.  He was most often accompanied on snowmobile trips by his wife Jean and son Lynn. He was one of the first people to ride a snowmobile from Lowman to Stanley accompanied by his friends, Shorty and Millie Renfro and Harland and Marie Woods.

Les, Shorty and Harland were often sent out on rescue missions and saved many people that were stranded in the snow. While living in Garden Valley, he developed the Mountain View Subdivision and worked in the excavation business alongside his son Lynn, quitting only this year because of his ill health.

Les loved to go fishing, crabbing and clamming at the Oregon Coast with his family, wild pig hunting in Booneville California with his brother-in-law Ernie and friend Rankin.  He loved to ride motorcycles with his son as well as take trips to Jackpot and Las Vegas Nevada where he loved to play video poker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Larry, 5 sisters and 6 brothers.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Jean, 2 sisters, Betty Hamblin of Grants Pass Oregon and LeElla Heffle (Ernie) of Redwood Valley California, daughter LeAnne Parker (Jay), son Lynn Severance (Cari), grandchildren, Ryan Parker, Casey Parker (Jackie), Randy Alley (Carly), Jeff Severance, Kevin Severance and great-grandchildren Riley and Reagan Parker and Joey and Doc Alley and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was laid to rest on December 30, 2016 at Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise next to his son Larry.

There will be a celebration of life on January 7, 2017 at the Crouch Community Hall in Crouch Idaho from 1pm to 3pm.

Feel free to leave the family condolences and memories here. 

5 Comments on Remembering Leslie Raymond Severance of Garden Valley

  1. I was so sorry that I could not be there. I Love my brother. I will miss him so much. My heart goes out to Jean, Lynn, and Leanne and the rest of the family. I hold you all in my prayers.

  2. Les was my first contact when coming to Garden Valley and I will always remember him with fondness and gratitude. Thank you Les for your kindness and friendship.
    My deepest condolences to Lynn,Carey, Jean and family.

  3. A moment of silence for a huge, but quiet contributor to Garden Valley. He will be missed. Our prayers are for Jean, Lynn and the rest of the family. We are proud to have known him.

  4. My deepest condolences to Jean and the entire family. Les will always be remembered as a kind and just man. He will be missed.

  5. I expect the fish population behind the pearly gates to diminish rapidly. So long for now, friend.

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