Atwater, Lee Roy
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81, with family by his side, passed away April 12, 2012. He was born on August 4, 1930 in Walsh, Colorado. He was the second of twelve children born to parents Roscoe and Nora Atwater. In 1949 he married Betty Jo Kilgore and together they raised three children. Over the years, and with much pleasure, he saw the family grow to include 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Lee was a heavy equipment operator, a member of Local 428 Operating Engineers. His work in construction brought them to live in many towns across Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. A work opportunity brought the family to Flagstaff in 1967. They moved to Phoenix in 1977 where he continued to work until retirement. He retired as General Superintendent from Wheeler Construction in 1995. Just prior to retirement, they moved to the small community of Pine, AZ. He loved playing his guitar, creating treasures in his garage, and most of all, spending time with family and friends. His legacy is one filled with love, dedication and commitment to family. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 62 years, son Gary (Pam) Atwater of Peoria, AZ, daughters Barbara (Lonnie) West of Flagstaff, AZ, and Brenda (Michael) Espino of Pinetop, AZ. He is also survived by sisters Lola Drake, Fern Bennett, Rita Bennett and brothers Ervin, Dennis and Larry Atwater. The family will hold a Celebration of Life service on April 21, 2012 at 11:00 am at 6781 W. Camino de Oro in Peoria, AZ. Anyone attending is encouraged to bring and share their special stories and memories.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 18, 2012