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Leslie Olgar "Les" Visten, 82, a longtime resident of the Samish Community, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Les was born on July 1, 1931 in Everett, WA, the son of Olgar & Sylvia (Ottoway) Visten.
The family moved to Sedro-Woolley when Les was a child and there he was raised and attended school, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School with the class of 1949.
Les then went to work as a sawyer for Fauser Shake cutting cedar shingles & shakes for several years.
On June 27, 1950 Les was united in marriage to Joan Wagner in Sedro-Woolley and they made their home there until moving to the Samish area in 1956.
When duty called, Les served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
In 1958 he began working as a truck driver for the Golden Rule Bakery, working there until 1963 when he began his career in law enforcement, first working as a deputy for the Skagit County Sheriff's Department, patrolling the upper Skagit Valley area, then in 1970 he went to work for the Sedro-Woolley Police Department where he worked for 10 years, first as a patrolman and retiring as a Detective in 1979, after which he worked for Krouse Distributing for a couple years.
Les enjoyed hunting and fishing, attending rodeos, especially the Calgary Stampede and traveling in the motorhome.
Les is survived by his wife, Joan, at the family home; his son, Mick Visten and his wife Kathe of Samish; two grandchildren, Jason Visten of Mount Vernon and Micki Visten of New Hampshire; two great-grandchildren, Tyler & Shealeigh Visten; his brother, Richard Visten and his wife Diane and his sister, Janis Sollid and her husband Merc, all of Camano Island. His brother-in-law, John Wagner and his wife Peggy of Oregon and his sister-in-law, Dorothy Rood and her husband Ken of Bellingham, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olgar & Sylvia Visten.
The family suggests that memorials be made to a
Graveside Services for Les will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery with Pastor Bill Bates officiating.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
Share memories of Les and sign the online guest register www.lemleychapel.com.
1008 Third Street Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 26, 2014