Richard "Dick" Max Lesan was born January 27, 1930 in Des Moines, Iowa, the
second child of Hugh and Cleo Lesan. He passed away March 15, 2015 at his home
in Hughson, California, losing his battle with cancer.
He graduated from high school in 1948 and bought a farm in rural Kellerton,
Iowa. In 1950, after farming two years, he married his high school sweetheart,
Theola Greene, and the two of them farmed together having both crops and
In 1960 Dick decided to quit farming and move to a better climate in
California. After studying for and getting his insurance license, the family
settled in Turlock, and Dick became the only Farmers Insurance agent in town.
He and Theola worked together at the insurance office as they had on the farm.
Dick was a top agent and won many trips through the company. He retired in
1992 after serving his clients for thirty-two years.
His passion was traveling. The many trips were by motor home, cruises, flying,
or driving by car to various destinations. He and his wife visited all 50
states and 44 countries. He also enjoyed playing a variety of card games. Many
times Dick said, "I've had a good life."
Dick was active in the men's group at his church, little league baseball, and
meals on wheels. He was elected to the Resident Council at Samaritan Village
where he has lived for 8 years.
He and Theola were parents to four children: Phyllis (Otto) Lairson, Rick
(Janet) Lesan, Randy (Kim) Lesan, and Ken (Rita) Lesan. He also has 11
grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 10
step-great-grandchildren. Family was extremely important to him.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, his parents, a son, a
grandson, a great-grandson, and a brother. He was a wonderful husband, father,
grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Viewing is scheduled for Friday, March 27, from 3-7 pm at Turlock Memorial
Park Funeral Home, 425 N Soderquist Rd, Turlock. Two Celebration of Life
services will be held on Saturday, March 28. The first will be at Samaritan
Village, 7700 Fox Rd, Hughson at 11 am, with a luncheon following. The second
will be at the First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Ave, Turlock at 3 pm,
with a reception following.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1660
Arbor Ave, Turlock, CA 95380 or any charity of your choice.
Note: He was also survived by brother Pete Lesan of Ringgold County, Iowa.
Submission by Ken Baker, April 01, 2015