Lee Springer, 84, of Smartsville, CA died peacefully after heart surgery on October 28, 2016 in Marysville, CA. He was born in Atoka, Oklahoma to T.H and Mamie Springer.
Lee proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War where he traveled to many ports including Italy, Brazil and Ireland.
He is survived by Ink and Joe (his dog and horse respectively), oh yes, and some humans: wife Deliah; brother Chuck; children David, Nikki, Mike, John, Tristian, Amanda and Michael; grandchildren Jennifer, Spencer, Tyrus, Nicholas, Emily, Kendall and Natalie; and great-grandchildren Aurora and Gloria. Lee was preceded in death by his parents T.H. and Mamie Springer, his sister Lorene Byron and wife Gloria.
After graduating from Oakland High School, Lee went on to receive his B.A. from Chico State and taught school in Modesto, CA. He then moved north to become the Vice Principal at Lone Tree Elementary School on Beale Air Force Base. During this time, he got his Master's Degree from Sacramento State and then became the Principal of Wheatland Elementary School until he retired.
Lee was an active member of the Wheatland Lions Club, Wheatland Boosters Club, served on the Lincoln School Board, supported his children in 4-H and FFA for many years.
He was a cattle rancher at heart and blessed to do this for over 50 years. He was fortunate to learn from so many "old timers", then became the "old timer" himself. Lee's favorite place to be was at horseback, riding through his cows, his dogs trotting behind and his woman by his side.
A Memorial service for Lee will be held at the Wheatland Community Center, on November 23, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come with your boots on and a story to tell!
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Nov. 2 to Nov. 20, 2016