He passed away in his home with his youngest daughter by his side in Sacramento, CA. He was able to enjoy his life supporting and loving his family, golfing, camping, fishing, and playing cards with family and friends until the challenges of growing old became too difficult.
Lee had a sad and difficult childhood. Losing his mother at the tender age of two, he and his younger brother were raised by a family friend, grandmother, and foster parents. The two boys then settled in with their father and stepmother during their teenage years. In spite of his early childhood challenges, Lee served in the US Navy during WWII, developed a career as a Civil Service employee while married to his first wife, Virginia Milliern, and raised their three daughters. He was a devoted and wonderful husband and father. His ultimate goal was to provide a financially secure and safe environment for his family which he pursued throughout his lifetime. Lee was fortunate to live long enough to enjoy his five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great, great-granddaughter.
He became an avid golfer during his 40s after ironically proclaiming ‘How can anyone enjoy swinging a club and chasing a ball into a hole?’ He shared his passion for golf with family and friends in various states during family visits. He also honed his skills playing several times a week golfing with his ‘buddies’ on the local links for pleasure and also entering golf tournaments. He served as the July 4th golf tournament coordinator with the help of his second wife, Marie Silva, at the par three golf course where he lived for many years. Each year, many of the contestants joked that the two greens designated as ‘closest to the pin’ be called the ‘Lee Springer’ holes because he always won the prize money.
Lee joined the WPAC organization to help cope with the death of his second wife. At WPAC, he developed many life-long friendships and met his last love, Marilee Fischer. They played pinochle and pool each week and attended various dinners and dances throughout the year that were sponsored by WPAC. Lee also met a group of card players who shared his passion playing bridge and eagerly accepted their invitation to play each week at one of their homes.
Sadly, Lee bid farewell to Virginia (who died from cancer) and Marie and Marilee (who both died from Alzheimer's.) He was by each of their sides in their time of need until the very end.
Lee leaves behind his three daughters, Claudia, Torrie, and Trudy; grandsons, Michael and Jeff; granddaughters, Christy, Shauna, and Jenny; eight great grandchildren; and one great, great granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his wives, Virginia and Marie; sweetheart, Marilee; father Lee Roy, Sr; mother, Juanita; brother, Eddie; and four half-sisters, Jayne, Jackie, Scheril, and Carolyn.
A graveside service will be held on December 19th, 11:00 am, at the Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home in West Valley City, UT. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be sent to Sonder Hospice Care or a charity of your choice on Lee’s behalf.