Obituary of Leslie Martin Stark
Leslie Martin Stark passed away on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2016 after a hard fought battle with bone cancer. He left this life while at home with family at his side. He was 85.
Leslie was born on Aug. 17, 1930 and grew up in Modesto, CA. He joined the US Marine Corp while just 17 years old, serving honorably for the next 22 years.
In 1955 he met and married his best friend and love of his life, Vernetta Dale.
Les’ military service began and ended at Camp Pendleton. He was stationed at several locations throughout California, then sent to Okinawa. Upon return to the states, he was stationed in Texas and Washington DC. He left the Marine Corp at the rank of Master Sergeant. While very proud of his years as a marine, he was never boastful and generally kept the details of his service to our country to himself. In addition to his military career he worked almost 20 years in civil service.
Upon retirement, Les and Vernetta moved to Rough and Ready. There, they created a haven on their seven hilltop acres, turning a partially constructed house into an inviting, comfortable home that was the chosen gathering place for many family get-togethers.
Les loved the time spent traveling in their motor home and kept meticulous notes of their adventures. He was well-organized, enjoyed working with numbers and kept their firewood box well stocked.
He is survived by his wife Vernetta; daughter Leslie (Greg) Hart; brothers, Glen R (Joyce) Stark and Irv R (Sandy) Stark; and sister Joan Quinn.
Les was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Martin Stark and Laverne R. Stark.
At Les’ request, there will be no formal service.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to his attending physicians, the nursing staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Hospice of the Foothills.
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