Leland Lavell McLean, 75, of Pocatello, ID, passed away peaceful with his family by his side on Saturday, April 13, 2013 after battling COPD. He was born in American Falls, ID, on Sept. 29, 1937 to Lavell and Cletis McLean.
He attended school in Rockland, and graduated from Rockland High School in 1955. He married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Myrna Mae Robinson on Feb. 22, 1957. They moved to Pocatello, where they made their home. He went to work for J.R. Simplot in 1956 where he worked until his time of retirement in 1993.
They were blessed with two children, Shauna Lee (daughter) and Gordon Lavell (son). Leland was a devoted husband and father. His family was the most important thing to him. He loved spending time with them, from the family picnics in the back yard, to the fun summer camping trips.
He spent many days in the outdoors hunting, fishing and camping. He greatly enjoyed the many camping and fishing trips that ranged from chasing salmon on Decker Flats, to camping and boating on Mackay Reservoir. Every year Leland looked forward to spending multiple weeks on the Salmon River fishing for steelhead with his friends and family. When fall came he loved to hunt pheasants behind his well-trained pointers. He especially loved it when he was able to bag a rooster that was big enough to claim the first place prize at the Simplot Rod and Gun Club.
Leland was a very loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed by all who came to love and enjoy him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna; parents, Lavell and Cletis McLean; brother, Delvin; and in-laws, Glen and Lureen Robinson. He is survived by: his daughter, Shauna Lee (Art) Dye; son, Gordon Lavell McLean; sister, Eileen (John) Bobish; brother, Marvin McLean; grandchildren Nichole Lee Dye, Gordon Lavell McLean Jr. (Ashley), Kristin Ann Read (Clif), Tara Ranae Williams; six great-grandchildren, Kannon, Kinzley, Kash, Aspen, Kyler and Brooklyn.
The visitation will be Thursday, April 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St. in American Falls. The graveside service will follow at the Valley View Cemetery in Rockland at 11:30 a.m.
His family would like to express their deep appreciation for all the loving care and support received from Access Home Care and Hospice. A special thanks to Hannah, Jeremy, Kim and Kathy.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.