Our piano man, Gene "Geno" LeSage was called home to be with the Lord on the 9th of March, 2013, at the age of 44. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 1 pm at Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church, 6975 Pentz Rd. in Paradise.
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Gene was born July 24, 1968 to Gene and Linda LeSage in Carmel, CA. He attended schools in Gardnerville and Carson City, NV. Gene was blessed with amazing musical talents. He learned to play the guitar at age 8 and recorded his first song with his dad at age 12. He was drawn to the piano and loved to watch his Grandpa LeSage and Uncle Jim play the keys. He learned to play on his great grandmother's piano and the rest as they say is history. Music was his life and he made his living as a professional musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. He played keyboard for Country Artist Collin Raye for 20 years. He wrote and recorded hundreds of songs and released 2 CDs of his own.
Besides music, his other love was his family. He grew up going camping and fishing with his grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He especially looked forward to the "Men's Fishing Trip" each May. He loved being in the boat fishing and would go out anytime day or night. His brother-in-law and fishing buddy, Chris, says he is the only man he ever knew to kiss his fish before releasing them back into the water. He loved a friendly wager for the biggest fish caught and having a huge fish fry as long as someone brought the hot sauce.
Gene was also a gifted athlete who loved football and baseball. He played several years of Pop Warner Football and Junior Varsity Football in Gardnerville, NV. He could throw a football 80 yards effortlessly. He was a life long Raider fan and cherished his football Sundays. He was an incredible pitcher and could smoke a ball over the plate. He was a patient and precise coach and taught his nephew Noah how to pitch. He was proud to help coach his nephew's Little League team "The Braves" and was thrilled when they won District 47's Tournament of Champions in 2011.
His legacy will live on through his five children, Adrienne Fletcher of Reno NV, Geno LeSage of Burlington WI, Rachel LeSage of Sparks NV, and Lily and Levi Bryant of Cummings GA. He is also survived by his parents, Gene and Linda LeSage of Paradise CA, his sister and brother in law, Cheri and Christopher Berg and nephews Noah and Samuel Berg of Chico CA, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family from California and Nevada. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Vincent, and his grandparents Gene and Joan LeSage and Ray and Margaret Vindhurst.
Gene had many dreams that were left unfinished as he was taken from us too soon. He was selfless in his last moment on this earth. We will miss your voice, your smile, and your generous heart. You are loved by so many and will be forever in our hearts.
Arrangements entrusted to Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines Mortuary - Crematory - Paradise
5691 Almond Street Paradise, CA 95969
Published in Paradise Post from Mar. 16 to Apr. 15, 2013