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.
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