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Lester Gale Estes

Sept. 4, 1949 - March 8, 2024

Lester Gale Estes, beloved son, father, brother, friend, and partner, passed away on March 8, 2024, at the age of 74. Born on September 4, 1949, in Moscow, Idaho, Lester most recently resided in Colfax, Wash.

Lester had a zest for life and enjoyed spending time with his family. He had a special bond with his son, Patrick, and cherished every moment they spent together. Lester also had a deep love for riding his bike on the open road, finding solace and joy in the freedom it brought him.

In his spare time, Lester could be found engaging in his favorite hobbies. He delighted in playing cards and watching westerns, particularly enjoying classic shows like Bonanza, Gun Smoke and The Rifle Man. Lester was also a passionate sports fan, cheering on his favorite teams in baseball and football, especially the Seahawks.

When it came to food, Lester had a particular fondness for hotdogs, chicken, and anything his stepdaughter made. He especially relished her pickled asparagus and always looked forward to indulging in blueberry strudels and coffee.

Lester's love for old rock and roll was undeniable, as the vibrations of the music resonated deeply within him. He was also a founding member of the National Belt Sanders Racing Association, showcasing his unique and adventurous spirit.

Known for his infectious laugh, warm smile and calm demeanor, Lester touched the lives of those around him. He had a knack for saying the right words at the right time and embraced each day with the motto, "Everyday is a new day and we shall begin it well."

Lester leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He is survived by his son, Patrick L. Estes, as well as his stepson Zan Best, stepson Logan Morgan, stepdaughter Nicole Morgan, and three beloved grandchildren, Troy Carlon, Lilly Best, and Talia Best. Lester's significant other, Betty Lou Maley, was a constant source of love and support throughout his life.

As we honor Lester's memory, let us remember his laughter, his hugs, and the joy he found in the simple moments shared with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.


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