PRICE - Eugene F. Lessar, age 74, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born March 6, 1940 in Price, Utah to Frank and Liberty Kokal Lessar. Married the love of his life, Joanne Nucich on September 25, 1965 at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price. He was a longtime resident of Carbon County. He was a graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1958 and later attended CEU. Served in the US Army from 1963-1965. He worked for 20 years at Spery Univac (LLC Corporation) and then with Utah Power & Light until his retirement in 2000. He was President of the Slovenian National Benefit Society Lodge # 757, and President of the Utah Power & Light Retirees Association (Central Region). He was a member of Price Elk's Lodge # 1550.
Geno loved the outdoors and fishing was his greatest passion. He enjoyed the times he spent with his family camping, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, and spending time at his cabin in Joes Valley. He cherished every moment he spent with his friends on their annual week-long fishing trips to Canada. He also loved following his grandchildren around to all of their various activities and sporting events. Geno loved music, especially polkas. You could always find him and Joanne dancing away anywhere there was a polka.
Geno valued hard work and you never saw him rest, even on vacation. He will be dearly missed by his family and many longtime friends.
Geno is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Joanne Lessar, Price; two children, Mike (Kellie) Lessar, Price, Shelley (Jerry) Wright, Helper; grandchildren, Kylee, Jarod, Tyler, Allison; brothers, Tony Lessar, Price, John (Lynnette) Lessar, Price; aunt, Flora Kokal, Price; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Slovenian Home in Spring Glen, Utah. Family and friends are welcome from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of "Geno" at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.