Leslie John “Les” Frith, 82, was born April 20, 1936 in Watseka, Ill. and grew up in Dwight, Ill. Les, a talented multi-sport athlete, known to his teammates as “Butch,” went on to play football at Bradley University and then at the University of Colorado. He honorably served four years in the Navy spending time in Europe and Africa. A friend and fellow serviceman introduced him to Catholicism. He converted and the result of that chance meeting remained a strong force throughout the rest of his life.

Returning to Illinois after the Navy, Les met and married his wife Marianne. He became a salesman and excelled at that profession, working in many different industries throughout his career. Les and Marianne moved their family to Fairfield Bay/Shirley, then to Myrtle Beach, S.C., West Seattle, Washington, back to Arkansas, and most recently Port Orchard, Wash. In each location Les became a strong part of the community and leaves behind a long list of friends and acquaintances. He often spoke of being thankful for all of them and what they brought to his life.

Survived by his wife: Marianne Frith, children Susan Stone (David), Dr. Ken Sowers (Sherrie), Judi McKay (Bob), Eric Frith (Holly Taylor), Kevin Frith-Davies, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and Obadiah (Obi).

Preceded in death by his father John F. Frith, his mother, Lota L. Meier, stepfather Don Meier, and one sister, Kay E. Brown.

Les was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a member of Knights of Columbus at St. Gabriel’s Church in Port Orchard, Wash. and traveled to Africa for mission work with Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle, Wash. He enjoyed being outdoors, walking the hills of Arkansas, the beaches of South Carolina and the mountains and trails of Washington. He loved family, friends, music, friendly competition, and a good laugh. In the last ten years he became a talented artist and teacher.

He was a humble mentor to many throughout his life. As a family member recently put it, “He made me laugh, think, and become a better person.”

Les will be deeply missed

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