Lester Dewey Sitter, age 78, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, on January 17, 1941, to Spencer Bell and Mary Francis Reynolds Sitter. Les had a typical west Texas childhood in McLean, Texas. He grew up in a ranching family although, except for summers, they lived in town—a small 1,500 population town. He grew up riding horses and working cattle as well as all of the other tasks related to keeping a ranch in good order.
He graduated top of his high school class and attended the University of Oklahoma for three years where he met his wife, Clara Marie Loewen. They were married in 1962 and moved to Austin, Texas for graduate school. Les received both a BA and LLB (later JD) from The University of Texas at Austin. In the 56+ years of marriage they lived in Texas (Austin, Shamrock & Amarillo), Colorado (Colorado Springs, Littleton & Highlands Ranch), and Alaska (Anchorage). Their daughter, Susan, was born (1965) while they lived in Austin and Scott was born a few years later in Amarillo (1969).
Les was a member of the Texas and Colorado Bar Associations. He was a practicing attorney in various settings including: government (Amarillo County Attorney office), corporate (two gas companies), and private practice. He was a “card-carrying” Optimist. He was a storyteller (Spellbinders) and mentor in the Littleton and Denver public schools. He was a life member of bridge (ACBL) and enjoyed playing bridge and poker with neighborhood and Wind Crest friends. After retiring he was a volunteer assessor for Project CURE. He loved to travel and he and Clara visited most states in the United States and many countries.
Les is survived by his wife, Clara; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Sitter; son Scott Douglas Sitter (Michelle); grandchildren Tyler Scott Fejes (25), Clayton Sitter Fejes (22), Emily Camille Sitter (19), Sophia Marie Sitter (14), Kobi Christopher Heider (17) and Mia Marie Heider (15); all from Littleton. Also his sister, Sharon Sitter Fuller from Greeley; sister-in law, Polly Loewen Oliver (Jim) from Norman, Oklahoma; Linda Smith Loewen from Perry, Georgia; and many nephews and nieces. His parents and one brother, Spencer Dee Sitter, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held at the Littleton United Methodist Church (5894 South Datura Street, Littleton, CO 80120) on Thursday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Optimist International Foundation (CO-WY District Youth Activities Fund) 4494 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108.
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