Leslie Dean Welch, 86, passed away July 29, 2014, at his home in Emmett, Idaho, after a short battle with cancer.
Dean was born July 24, 1928, in Emmett to Roy W. and Luella (Bader) Welch. He was the second of four boys.
Dean attended schools in Emmett, graduating high school in 1946. He went on to the University of Idaho graduating in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in business and began working for Idaho Power Co. as a sales representative. In 1952, he joined the Boeing Airplane Co. and in 1957 his career in steel and aerospace took off when he moved on to Armco Inc. in California. He moved through the ranks at Armco and served as president of the Stainless Steel Division prior to being named president of Ladish Co. Inc. in 1981 in Baltimore, Md. and Chief Executive Officer in 1985 in Milwaukee, Wisc. He retired from Ladish Co. in 1989.
While in California he met Elizabeth Gay Perkins, they were married April 27, 1958. They were blessed with a daughter, Caroline Gay on Feb. 3, 1960.
Dean and Gay both had a high emphasis on the value of a quality education, particular as it relates to a career in business. So in 1995, Dean and Gay established a University of Idaho Scholarship Endowment for deserving students pursuing a degree in business.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Gay in 2012, his daughter Caroline in 2008, his parents, three brothers and a sister-in-law.
He leaves behind two sister-in-laws, Jan Welch of Boise and Thelma Welch of Emmett and 14 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 219 E. First St., in Emmett. Visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Burial will be in the Emmett Cemetery.