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Lester Lilbern Falloon (sponsored obituary)

Lester Lilbern Falloon

Lester Lilbern Falloon, age 94, died of natural causes at home in Colfax,

California on Sunday, August 3, 2008.

Lester was born September 28, 1913 in the Township of Boone, Missouri,

to the late William and Anna Falloon of Sullivan, Missouri. Like his many

siblings (12 children in all), he began helping with the endless chores on

the family farm shortly after he could walk. He attended Crawford County

Public School and graduated in 1929.

After completing his public school education, Lester worked as a farmer

and trapper in Missouri before heading west to Colorado, and eventually

California, to meet up with some of his older brothers and pursue the many

adventures that the “Wild West” had to offer. While working in California,

he knew that something was missing and returned to Missouri to reconnect

with the love of his life, Ella Marie Farris. Lester and Marie were married

on June 5, 1937 in Bourbon, Missouri.

After he and Marie were married, Lester resumed his work on the family

farm and began attending night school to become a certified welder. On

April 23, 1939, Marie gave birth to their only child, Lawney Joe Falloon.

Denied active duty due to a previous injury (the result of a mule kick),

Lester contributed to the Country’s efforts in World War II by working in an

ammunition factory in St. Louis, and earned extra money as a certified

auctioneer. In 1947, Lester moved the family west to California, but not

before winning the Golden Gloves Boxing Championship in the State of


Once back in California, Lester worked for the Forestry Service before

achieving his Journeyman status in multiple trades as a Plumber and

Pipefitter, Boilermaker and Ironworker. Lester was an expert welder and

worked on many of the bridges, dams and industrial centers that we see

throughout the state today. He finished his career as a member of the

California Ironworkers Local #118, where he worked for 19 years prior to his

retirement in 1979.

Lester and Marie made their home together in Citrus Heights, CA for

almost 40 years. They were married for nearly 64 years and, in their final

time together on this earth, Lester dedicated himself to caring for Marie in

an awesome display of love and commitment Š up to the time her passing in

2001. In 2002, Lester moved to Grass Valley to spend his final years with

his son, “Joe” Š and, of course, launch a new set of friendships.

Lester was an incredibly engaging man with a gregarious nature; his

passion for life was evident to all who met him. He thrived on the “center

stage” and was, throughout his life, an active member of many associations

and brotherhoods, including: the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association; the BPO

Elks of the USA; the Fraternal Order of Eagles; the Free & Accepted Masons

of California – Washington Lodge #20; the Loyal Order of Moose – Auburn

Lodge #2264; and at age 89, he was made an Honorary Member of the

Boozefighters Motorcycle Club – Chapter 6 Š where he was affectionately (and

appropriately) given the nickname “Casanova”.

Lester loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, boxing, dancing, telling

jokes Š and in general, having fun. Most of all, he loved his family and

his many friends. He was a proud and loving father, and an amazing

grandfather and great-grandfather who put his loved ones above all else. He

is survived by his son and his fiancee, Lawney Joe Falloon Sr. of Grass

Valley, CA, and Toni Clines of Colfax, CA; two grandsons and their wives,

Lawney J. (Jr.) and Christina Falloon of Solvang, CA, and Lester W. and

Nicole Falloon of Wilton, CA; two granddaughters, Loree Marie Freeman of Elk

Grove, CA, and Teresa Michaelle Emmans of Antelope, CA; and six

great-grandchildren, Krysta, Chad and Brynn Falloon of Solvang, CA, Travis

and Nathan Freeman of Elk Grove, CA, and Brandon Emmans of Antelope, CA. He

is further survived by his nieces, nephews, other relatives and many

friends. In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by his

loving wife, Ella Marie; his brothers Clarence, Theodore, Eugene, Arthur,

Angus, Woodrow and William; and his sisters, Opal, Jewel, Pearl and Garnet.

Whether we knew him as “Lester”, “Lilbern”, “Dad”, “Grandpa”,

“Great-Grandpa” or “Casanova” Š all of us who love him so very much would

like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Toni Clines and her

children, Rachell, Crystal, Ronnie, Yvonne, Samantha and Keith. It was

through their undying care and affection in his final months, that we were

blessed to have him with us as long as we did.

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