Jeffrey F. Lee

Jeffrey F. Lee, 70, died at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., May 10, 2014, of complications from pulmonary vasculitis. Mr. Lee, who resided in Minneapolis, Minn., was born and raised in Midland; he was the son of the late Dr. Harry J. Lee and Eleanor Linton Lee.

Mr. Lee received a bachelor's degree in economics cum laude from the University of Michigan and his JD from the Michigan School of Law. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan.

Mr. Lee began his career with the Bechtel Corporation, headquartered in San Francisco, in the legal department. Over a period of 18 years he served as legal counsel in several divisions, as well as negotiated a number of credit support construction project financing contracts, and co-wrote the business plan for what became Bechtel Enterprises. Later he became a senior development manager for that arm of the Bechtel group of companies, which carried out major projects including the privatizing of a nuclear power plant.

Mr. Lee left Bechtel to develop business plans and recruit partners on his own for a number of recycling and environmentally responsible projects. Most recently he was the manager of project development for California Ethanol & Power, LLC, and the President and Manager Project Development for CaliCheese.

Mr. Lee was an avid tennis player all his life, as well as a dedicated reader of literature. As a youth, he enjoyed playing the guitar for gatherings at the family cottage in the Birches enclave at Wixom Lake.

He was married to Caroline Woodward Lee and had a daughter, Sarah Lee Winstead of San Francisco; and a son, John Harrison Lee, of Minneapolis. He is also survived by his sisters, Jennifer Lee of Durham, N.H., Dinah Lee of Sonoma, Calif. and Cynthia Lee of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Plans for a memorial service are pending; further information is available at

Published in Midland Daily News on June 8, 2014