Lee passed away peacefully at our winter home in san Diego after a long illness. He was born in Lewiston, Maine. His father was French Canadian and his mother half French. He quit school at 16 to help support his mother, then joined the Navy at age 17. Lee became a Chief at age 25 and soon rose to E-9 Master Chief (Chief Petty Officer) in charge of supply for a whole fleet or on a base. He traveled all over the world on ships and was stationed in Italy, Scotland and England. He served honorably for 23 years and retired in northern Calif. He worked then 10 years for Mare Island Naval Base in overseeing the exchanges in Northern Calif. Then he became a landlord and owned two resorts. He lived in Napa and bought a cabin on Austin Creek Rd. in Cazadero in 1978. The cabin burned down and he rebuilt his present home and has lived there since. He is survived by his loving wife, Twila Le Page, kitty CC and children, Debra and Richard, his former wife Phyllis Le Page and grandson Ryan. He had three step-children, Joe, Linda and Ron, and 13 step-grandchildren and 18 step-greats. He was just "Grandpa Lee" to all. He is also survived by five nieces, Carol, Judy, Sue, in Main, Linda in Canada, Lauri in England and a nephew, Bob, in San Diego. Lee and Twila traveled extensively for nearly 20 years in one of their four RV motor homes, to every state, including Alaska and to every province of Canada and most of Mexico. His large family will miss his gracious hosting of family parties at his "party" home on the creek. Memorial at Cazadero Baptist Camp in Cazadero, Sun., March 30 at 2 p.m.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2014