LeGrande "Lee" Bolton, 89, of Victor, passed away surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
He was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Logan, Utah, to Frank Leslie Bolton and Cornelia Ann (Poulsen) Bolton. He was the fourth child in the family of five brothers and four sisters, raised in Paris, Idaho.
At age 16, he left to work in Ashton, later joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and enlisted in the Navy during World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946.
While working in Rock Springs, Wyo., he met the love of his life, Antonia "Toni" Dolence. They married in 1947. They moved to Salt Lake City, staying for two years before moving to Pueblo, Colo., where they were blessed with daughter, Le-Anne.
Lee continued his employment with the transportation industry, receiving numerous awards; living in Utah, Northern California, and then Jackson, Wyo., where the locals raved about how well he maintained the Hoback Canyon roads. Soon after retirement from the Wyoming State Highway Department in 1988, Lee bore witness to his greatest joy, a grandson, Brandon.
To be closer to family, Lee and Toni made Victor their final home, where they landscaped and maintained one of the most beautiful lawn and gardens in the area. Lee was on the Victor P&Z, a member of the American Legion and VFW. Lee was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and fulfilled countless callings. In 1998, Lee and Toni were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple for all time and eternity.
Lee was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Full of love and empathy, he saw the good in everything. He always lived on the positive side of life without ever passing judgment. With his love to travel, he promised his little sweetheart, "stick with me and I'll show you the world." They enjoyed many a trip, from weekend jaunts visiting family to foreign lands and cruises, always holding hand in hand.
A courageous man with a zest for life, Lee managed many medical obstacles in his later years, but he continued to stay focused on living and loving.
Lee is survived and dearly missed by his little sweetheart, Toni; his daughter, Le-Anne (Vernon Lewis); grandson, Brandon; sisters, Mary, Anna and Evelyn; and a multitude of nieces and nephews and families.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Wounded Warriors Fund in honor of LG Bolton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.valleymortuarydriggs.com.