Leslie Kay Willie
Our loving brother, uncle, and friend, Leslie Kay Willie, 91, passed on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at The Missions at Maple Springs surrounded by his family.
He was born on February 10, 1928 in Samaria, Idaho, a son of Leslie Abraham and Eunice Hughes Willie.
He graduated from Malad High School and Albion State Normal School for Teachers.
He served in the US Army as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict.
Les enjoyed reading and hiking in the mountains.
He is survived by one sister, Roberta Price; one sister-in-law, Gaylene Willie and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Kathryn Jones, Ruth Pullum and Elizabeth "Betty" Talbot, two brothers, William L. Willie and David H. Willie.
Les wanted to be cremated and have no services at this time.
The family would like to thank Maple Springs and Missions at Maple Springs for their care and support they gave to Les.
Send condolences to the family to www.gfc-utah.com. Funeral Directors: Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, Utah
Les’ bread recipe
Dear family of Les,
My sincere condolences on your loss. I have many happy memories of Les. I'll share a few with you.
I met Les when I came to Idaho in 1978 as a new teacher at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind in Gooding, Idaho. He was such a great guy and fun to work with. I remember a number of us ISDB folks gathering at his home once in a while on a Saturday or Sunday where he would cook a meal for us. I even bravely tried roast duck once, and it was delicious. He made this one bread that I loved, called Colossal Corn Bread. He spent one Sunday afternoon patiently teaching me how to make it. I still have the recipe that he typed for me. I will try to upload a photo of it.
He sure didn't like to drive and so walked everywhere. I fondly remember one trip up into the mountains with Les and some friends to get firewood. He didn't care for the road we were on and so got out of the pickup and walked...and walked. For a skinny guy, he sure was in good shape!
As you probably know, he spent some summers in a cabin at Big Smoky Creek in the mountains north of Gooding. This story is legendary...He was hiking one day, as he often did, by himself with just his friend Moe's dog with him. A mountain lion attacked the dog and Les fought him off with the only weapon he had--his day pack! He then carried the dog back down to the cabin. I saw the dog days later and saw the puncture wounds the cougar had inflicted on the dog. Les definitely saved its life at much peril to his own.
Please know that Les was well loved and respected by his friends here in Gooding and by the many staff members he worked with and the many students he taught at ISDB. May he rest in peace.
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