Riverton, Utah - Leslie “Les” D. LaFave, age 62, died on April 28, 2021. He was born on August 16, 1958 in Cody, Wyoming to Lloyd and Birdie LaFave. He Married Gretchen McCain on February 26, 1983.

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Les worked at his job with Steris for 37 years and loved the field he worked in. He loved to travel and meet new people; he never knew a stranger. He loved cars, talking about them and ones he used to own. He enjoyed the rides we took in his brother’s side by side, and was looking forward to buying one of his own to share with our friends and relations. He loved Las Vegas and Wendover; time to let his hair down.

He is survived by his wife, Gretchen of 38 years, Brothers Lloyd (Joan), Levi, and sister Candace Olsen, and brother-in-law, Greg McCain. He has many nieces and nephews that he loved dearly, a set of friends that he considered his family, Gordon and Dawn Ebner (Jessica and Bruce, Thomas and Stephanie), and Eli Dicklich (Barb).

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, father Lloyd LaFave, Mother Birdie Cranmore (Roy), many uncles and aunts, and his brother-in-law, Kevin McCain.

There will be a Celebration of Life in Casper, Wyoming (where Les will be laid to rest) in late July or August. Gretchen will post this date when it comes available on her Facebook account if you would like to join them, should be a great party.


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May 05, 2021

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Grew up with the whole LaFave family on Sycamore st. Les was always a kind person who loved to have a good laugh. My condolences to the whole LaFave family.

Michael Hamar , Houston , TX, US Aug 03, 2021

Sweet Les,

Working with you at STERIS was a pleasure. Our talks about life and business are etched in my memory. You became more than a coworker these past 9 year encouraging me professionally and personally. Especially when it came to going to Jackson Hole during the Winter to meet a husband. I just may have to now in your honor. Thanks for being there at work. Many times I couldn’t help our Customers without your help. Gretchen my condolences to you and your family. I know this is not what was planned. Les fly away now and RIP. You will be missed and never forgotten. Love, Jessica

Jessica Tibbetts , Carlsbad, CA, US Jun 30, 2021

I took me some time to finally pay tribute to this gentleman. Had the privilege of working alongside Les albeit short, however, I have fond memories and was a sincere pleasure to work with him. Easy to work with and dedicated.

May the peace of the Lord be with you Gretchen and the family.

So long my friend.

Faale Sa Palepoi , Layton, UT, US Jun 11, 2021

Spent many years working side by side with this man. He was a generous person and very good at his occupation. Love to you Gretchen, know that he will be fondly remembered and missed at the Sandy STERIS facility. It just won't be the same without him.

LeeAnn McClure May 07, 2021

It's hard to put into words the heavy heart I will have over not being able to see and interact with Les on a daily basis. He was easy to talk to and always had a good story to tell about any situation, whether it be about growing up in Wyoming or travel or family or his sweet wife Gretchen. Every conversation was effortless and entertaining. I'm glad that I had the chance to get to know him over these past several years, I will miss him. Gretchen please know you are in my and my family's prayers through this difficult time.

Jason Stirling , Sandy, UT, US May 07, 2021

Spent several years as a co-worker of Les' in Salt Lake City. We had good conversations about golf and finer points of scotch. Always friendly and mild-mannered, my thoughts are passed with sympathy to Gretchen, Mitch, and Molly. Take care- co.

Clint Olsen , Ottawa, Ontario, CA May 06, 2021


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    I worked with Les for 37 years and he was a important part of our STERIS (Isomedix) family. I will will miss our discussions of the many memories at Isomedix. Love to his family. Rest in peace Les, you deserve it.