Lester Gubler(1925 - 2013)

Lester Gubler

St. George

Lester Gubler, 87, passed away July 4, 2013, right during the fireworks. He was born December 12, 1925, in Santa Clara, Utah, to Archie H. and Marie Blake Gubler. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise Nazer, March 20, 1944, in the St. George LDS Temple.

Lester was a hard worker, almost from the day he was born. In hie pre-teen years one of his responsibilities was to take the night "watering turn." He would take a hoe and a flashlight and ride from Santa Clara up to Gunlock to turn the water down, then follow the water down and make sure it got in all the furrows so the all the garden was watered. The garden was the family's livelihood and water was the garden's livelihood. Of course, he also did his share of all the other chores necessary to running a farm and ranch. In the 1930's there were plenty of things to do just to stay alive.

In high school, Lester played football and basketball at Dixie High School. His basketball coach was the legendary coach Stan Watts, of BYU fame. There was no activities bus to and from Santa Clara, so after practice Lester would hitch hike home, often walking most of the way.

While attending Dixie High, Les met the love of his life when Mary Nazer moved to St. George from Cedar City, Utah. Les was called into the U. S. Navy for WWII before high school graduation was held, so Mary accepted his diploma for him. After basic training, Les was able to get a week-end pass to come home from San Jose, where he was stationed, to marry Mary.

Les loved farming and ranching, but severe allergies prevented him from making a living in that field. When he returned from WWII, he worked for Larkin plumbing until his father with, the help of father-in-law Roy Nazer, opened Center Clothing Company (later Center Department Store) Les worked as assistant manager to Roy, then became manager when Roy left. Les led the store for nearly 40 years.

Even with his health issues, Les still maintained an interest in the family ranch and always had a large garden. After he retired from Center to pursue real estate development and investment, he maintained his own large garden and was lovingly known for his early morning deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables to family and neighbors.

Uppermost in his life his love for Jesus Christ. His service in the Gospel always came first and he strived to be a good witness for his Savior. When the fifth LDS ward in St. George was made, he was called as the ward clerk. Later he served as counselor in the bishopric. At age 29 he was called as the Bishop of the Fifth Ward. He served in that capacity until he moved from the ward six years later. Almost immediately he was called to the High Council and soon after as a counselor in the St. George East Stake Presidency with Pres. T. LaVoy Esplin and counselor Walter H. Snow. They served for nine years.

In his later years he served as an ordinance worker in the St. George LDS temple, reluctantly leaving that position after heart surgery when he was 84.

Lester is survived by his wife Mary, of St. George, Utah, daughters Dawnetta (Mrs. Steven) Perry, and Kathie (Mrs. Floyd) Isom, both of St. George, and son, Jerry Lester (Linda) Gubler of No. Ogden, Utah, 16 grandchildren: Michelle Perry Kydd, St. George, Rebecca (Mrs. Virgil) Benally, Durango, Colorado, Dr. S. Scott (Seiko)Perry, Memphis, Tennessee, Lisa (Mrs. Chame) Dalton, Herriman, Utah, Deborah (Mrs. Curtis) Neilson, Henderson, Nevada, Angela Marie Perry Kent, Salt Lake City, Utah, Cynthia Elizabeth Perry, Provo, Utah, Richard (Anneliese) Isom, St. George, Utah, Arianne Montgomery, Phoenix, Arizona, Lorilynn Isom, Hurricane, Utah, Robert (Carrie Sue) Isom, Allen, Texas, Kenneth (Shari) Isom, Baltimore, Md., Kelli Isom, St. George, Utah, Brent (Ashley) Gubler, No. Ogden, Utah, Jason (Kaeley) Gubler, Harrisville, Utah, and Karley Gubler, No. Ogden, Utah, and 29 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Orwin (Velda), DeLoy , Dale (Sherry), and Clark (Deanne). Lester was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anna (Mrs. Eldred) Smith and sister-in-law LaDawn Porter (Mrs. DeLoy) Gubler.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 8, 2013 at noon at the St. George Fifth and Sixth Ward chapel. There was a viewing from 6 until 8 pm Sunday evening, July 7th, at the Spilsbury Mortuary, and from 10:30 until 11:30 am at the Fifth and Sixth Ward chapel prior to services. Interment took place in the St. George City Cemetery.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary. Friends and family are invited to sign Lester's guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on July 10, 2013