Glenn Lester (1932 - 2017)

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Glenn Leroy Lester
Glenn Leroy Lester 85 of Nampa, Idaho passed away at his home on May 28, 2017. Glenn was born January 26, 1932; the 11th of 12 siblings. He was raised on a farm in Watford City, North Dakota until age 16. In North Dakota he went to a one room school for grades one through eight.
The family moved to Nampa where he attended middle school and high school, he graduated from Nampa High in 1952. He was involved in football and track. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air force and served four years in California and in Biloxi, Mississippi and spent three years at Mountain Home AFB on the flight line as an aircraft mechanic. When discharged from the USAF, he attended Boise Jr. College for two years and worked part time with different engineering firms around Boise.
While stationed at Mountain Home AFB, a group would go to Nampa to the Rollerdrome on Friday evenings; it was here that he got reacquainted with Shirley Nofziger who he had met at Nampa High. They were married in February 1955 and had three children-Wally, Glenda and Casey. Shirley and he divorced in 1975.
In 1968 Glenn went to work for the Department of Agriculture on the Columbia Basin irrigation project for approximately 15 years. He then transferred to the Spokane area in watershed and flood control. In 1984 he transferred to Tehachapi, CA for four years and then to Conrad, MT for three years where he retired and then returned to Nampa.
Glenn bought a cabin in Garden Valley where he lived for 18 years. He then moved to Emmett, ID for five years and then moved back to Nampa.
While living in Garden Valley, Glenn regularly went to Nampa on the weekends to dance. This is where he met Evelyn Cooper and she moved to Garden Valley and Nampa with him. They enjoyed each other's companionship until Evelyn's death in January 2017.
He taught his kids to love all things outdoors and he could out eat us all when dinner was pizza. We have lost our dad, gramps, great gramps, gardener, watch dog, mentor, travel companion and dinner partner. He passed away peacefully after spending the day fishing with his boys. Per his request, there will be no service. A memorial picnic will be held in July. Arrangements are under the direction of Zeyer Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be expressed at


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 8, 2017