Leslie A. Demeritt
January 25, 1926
August 8, 2014
Leslie Demeritt, 88, passed away August 8, 2014 at his home in Reno, Nevada. Les was born in Lawrence, Kansas to Leslie J. and Florence (Claxton) Demeritt.
Les attended grade school in a one-room rural schoolhouse. He graduated from Lawrence Memorial High School in 1943. At age 17 he joined the Marine Corp. In World War II
he survived his ship being sunk by a Japanese kamikaze plane and action on Okinawa and other Ryukyu islands. After the war ended he was sent to Japan with his engineering corp for destroy and clearing operations. In 1946 he returned home and continued his education at Kansas State University. He was a member of Theta XI fraternity and served as president of his chapter.
Les met and married his wife, Joan, while in college and they graduated together in 1951. Les was always proud of his Kansas farm boy roots, but the give and take of the business world was what he enjoyed. In 1955 he moved the family to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was employed by Harrison Caterpillar as salesman and Parts and Service Manager. In 1960 he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and was General Manager for Cashman Equipment Company. He later moved to Reno as the company expanded. In 1980 he left Cashman Equipment. He took a position in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Industrial Division for Albert Equipment Company. After leaving_Albert Equipment Company_be took a positiol1 at Peterson Caterpillar of San Leandro, California as Division Manager of Peterson Power Center. A few years later he retired and settled in San Ramon, California.
He loved his home on the hill which backed to a regional park. Cattle grazing in the park took him back to his boyhood days on the farm. Between playing golf he enjoyed his flower and vegetable gardens. After several years of ill health he decided Reno was where he should be and returned in 2001. His phone was his lifeline to friends and family. He loved talking to people. Les was a loving and generous family man. He will be greatly missed.
Les was preceded in death by his father and mother, baby sister Ruth Elizabeth, niece Nancy and grandson Leslie. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan, sons Steve and Tim, grandsons Clint, David, and Clark, all of Reno. Also surviving are sisters Martha Parker of Overbrook, Kansas and Mary Gordon of Lawrence, Kansas.
Funeral service will be at St. John's Presbyterian Church 1070 West Plumb Lane Wednesday August 20 at 10:00 am.