Leslie F. Smith Jr.
Born February 16, 1926 in Salem, Oregon to Leslie and Nina Smith, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ May 30, 2019. He served in the Navy during WW-II. He married wife Jewel Jacobek in Maywood, Illinois September 2, 1947 (died March 8, 2017). He studied as a physics major for three years of college, and then worked at Boeing in the experimental electronic guidance shop. In 1953 Leslie and Jewel moved to Eugene with their two young sons, Lawrence of Bend and Randall of Springfield, where Leslie founded mobile communications and services company Telecom Systems; providing mobile radios and pagers for construction trades, fire departments, law enforcement and physicians. As a boy he became an Eagle Scout and later served as a senior adviser of the Lane County Search and Rescue, Post 178 Explorers. He was a Sunday School teacher at River Road Baptist church and several church boards, he also served as a board director and president of Daystar Communications, Inc and traveled to Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a member of the Eugene Rotary Club, and of IEEE (Institute Electronic, Electrical Engineers). Leslie retired from Telecom Systems in 1985 but remained active in the telecommunications industry as a consultant for many years. After retirement Leslie and Jewel traveled to all 50 states and many National Parks while visiting family and friends spread across North America. He is survived by children Lawrence of Bend, Randall of Springfield, Jocelyn Beverly (David) of Nampa, Jerrold (Marissa) of Nampa and Judith of Springfield and two brothers, Roger of Eugene, and Donald of Nairobi, Kenya, and 4 grandsons and 5 great grandsons,
Leslie will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon alongside his wife Jewel of 69 years.