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Our beloved father, son, brother, husband, and loyal friend, Lessil James Powell, left us Monday, October 26, 2009. He was born in Chico, California on January 9, 1951 to Lucille and the late Lloyd Powell.

As a young man Lessil was an outstanding member of the FFA and the rifle club. He graduated from Orland High School in 1969 and studied Agronomy at Shasta College.

Lessil spent his life working alongside his brother at Powell Apiaries in Orland. He grew organic kiwis at the family ranch as well as the sweetest homegrown tomatoes in the valley, possibly the world. He cured olives using an original family recipe.

Lessil was a hunter and a fisherman. He was a talented photographer and documented his family life, work, friends, and the great outdoors.

Lessil's passing is mourned by the many people whose lives he has touched: his wife, Louise; his three daughters, Emmy Rose, Laura Lynn, and Jessie Jane Powell; two stepsons, Richie and John Peterson; his mother; brother, David; sisters, Susan Steuben and Monica Powell, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Lessil Powell will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. at F.D. Sweet & Son Mortuary, 825 A Street, Orland, CA.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment will be at Graves Cemetery, Orland, CA.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 31, 2009
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