Feb 232011

Leland A. “Lee” Earl, 67, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Flagstaff. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Winslow. Graveside services were held at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Cemetery in Snowflake.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1943, in Oakland, Calif.

Lee was an active member of the LDS church. As a young man he served a church mission in the Central Atlantic States Mission.

He and Floranel Troutner were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 17, 1969.

Lee was a kind and gentle man who loved his family and church. He truly believed “Grandchildren were God’s reward for growing old.” He pronounced each grandchild with a name used by Grandad.

He was very patriotic and served his country with dignity and honor. In Vietnam his job description was combat photographer. After returning home, he was awarded a government contract to provide photographic services at Williams Air Force Base. He owned and operated Lee Earl Photography, and was an award winning, published photographer.

Scouting was another of Lee’s passions. He enjoyed helping Scouts advance, and was especially thrilled when a young man earned his Eagle Scout Award.

Lee owned a security company, and his involvement in law enforcement included voluntary and reserve duty to many organizations throughout Navajo County. He was honored to be acting as chaplain for the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.

He was excited to officially be named “Commodore Perry Owens” by the City of Holbrook. He believed he reached a higher level of fun when he was invited to be a member of the newly organized re-enactment group “Bucket of Blood.”

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Floranel; his son, Jeb of Safford; his daughter, Eleecia Walker (Brian) of Payson, Utah; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Joe Meininger (Barbara) of San Jose, Calif., and Don Meininger (Vera) of Castro Valley, Calif.

Norvel Owens Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.