Nov 262012

Jack K. Lester, 77, of Indian Wells passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Payson following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Holbrook Pentecostal Church of God, 823 Mission Lane, with a viewing beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in the Holbrook Cemetery.
Jack was born to the late Abel and Cleo (Thomas) Lester in Indian Wells on Aug. 18, 1935.
A true “cowboy,” when he was younger Jack loved to participate in rodeos and in his later years he still attended as many as he could. He was very proud of his traditional culture, and was always early to rise so that he could go to the east and say his traditional prayers while singing along with them. He had many ex-tended nieces and nephews who loved to sit on his lap and listen to him sing to them.
Jack attended the Seventh-day Adventist School in Holbrook before leaving and working for the Union Pacific and Santa Fe railroads with his brother, Dick. It was then that he was able to travel to many states back east, as well as to California and Nevada.
Following his time with the railroad he moved back to Holbrook and married the love of his life, Helen Bichitty.
A very sharply dressed man, Jack always wanted to look his best. He was very prideful of his family and the many accomplishments that they made. He was especially proud of his four grandchildren serving in the military.
He was an avid cook and many will remember the wonderful meals he prepared.
Jack will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends who loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of Indian Wells; five children, Delores Thomas of Holbrook, Arnold Lester of Indian Wells, Ruth Lester of Prescott Valley, Donald (Doris Tsiapi) Lester of Phoenix and Vivian (Randae) Nelson of Phoenix; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gloria Morris, Elizabeth (Johnny) Salabye and Eleanor (James) Turquoise of Indian Wells; and two brothers, Dick Lester Sr. and Ar-thur (Daisy) Lester of Indian Wells.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Marshall, Morgan and Jerry Lester; and a nephew, Adrian Salabye.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.