We are getting a lot of hits from people googling Leroy Lee (see story from January 17, lower on this page), and a few reports and remembrances. This came in from Gary Macfarlane, who is the Executive Director of Friends of the Clearwater and was a friend of Leroy's:
"Like you, I am hurt and stunned. I was planning to go with Leroy this next summer in the field to learn more about stand exams. When I saw him at the Farmers Market in September, we penciled in some time for the summer of 07. We talked about doing it last summer but it didn't happen. I am kicking myself for not making it happen in 2006.
Leroy's send off was very appropriate and moving, even for a nonbeliever like me. Horace Axtell and the other Nez Perce traditionalists sang and drummed. There was no preacher or religious figure, except Horace. I don't know many other folks, if any, of European descent who are/were accepted as Nez Perce like him. Lots of folks showed up Thursday. I went up with Chuck and Kelley. Many students, past and present, most of whom were in shock, were there.
He won a teaching award recently. The actual burial was delayed until Friday because his mother flew in from Chile."