Long time Teacher and School Superintendent, Fay Lesmeister passed peacefully of natural causes at Peace Hospice on November 7, 2021. He was born July 29, 1939, to Inez and Wendalin Lesmeister and spent his youth on the family farm on the Fairfield Bench. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1957 and then attended Carroll College, MT; Pacific University, OR and graduated from Seattle Pacific, WA with his teaching degree. He later received his master’s degree at University of Montana.
Fay’s lifetime career in teaching started in Seattle, WA and during this time he married Glorine Brown in 1960 and was blessed with his 3 children David, Lori, and Scott. Fay returned to Great Falls, MT. He spent a year working for the Job Corps and then worked at Longfellow School, where he setup the Follow Through Program and served as Principal at Emmerson School. It was during this time he met and married his special love, Maryellen Johnson in 1973. They moved to their small ranch by Simms, where he served as Superintendent of Simms Schools. During this time, they were blessed with their 2 grandchildren Stephanie (Cameron Frew) and Samuel Lesmeister.
Always keeping busy, Fay served 20 years on the Soil Conservation Board, 2 years serving as president of the Montana Snowmobile Association and the County Planning Commission. He and Maryellen spent special times together hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, building homes, traveling around the State in their classic cars and trips to Alaska and the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
He is survived by his wife Maryellen, his 3 children: David, Lori, and Scott (Anita and family), 2 Grandchildren, Sister Linda Schnell and her son Troy and family, and his cousin Carl (Nancy) Lesmeister. Preceding him in death were his parents Inez and Wendalin, Aunt and Uncle Adam and Edna Lesmeister, Sister-in-Law JoAnn Clark and Mother and Father-in-Law Fred and Ann Johnson.
Memorials can be sent in Fay’s name to: Peace Hospice, 1101 26 St. S. Great Falls, MT 59405 or Falcons take flight Campaign, 2210 5th Ave. N, Great Falls, MT 59401. A Celebration of Life will be held next spring. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to all the staff at Peace Hospice for their wonderful and compassionate care extended to Fay and the family. You were all a true blessing.
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