Capt. Lester L. Earls
Capt. Lester L. Earls
38th FS - 06 December 1943 - 04 September 1944
P-38J-10 CG- "Good Deed Dottie"
|Notes||Known as 'Buck'. Middle name Lee.
Born on 06th March 1922
Entered service from Kuna, Idaho.
ASN - O-752110
Flew the Group's P-38 Droopsnoot aircraft on bombing missions.
28 July 1943 - Graduated from Class 43-G at Williams Field, Arizona
06 December 1943 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
27 July 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
04 September 1944 - Ended Tour of Duty
30 June 2011 - Passed away
Lester Earls passed away peacefully June 30, due to complications from an unexpected stroke.
Les was born March 6, 1922 in Waverly, Ill., to Oscar and Ella Earls.
In 1927 the family moved to Kuna, Ida., where Les later graduated from Kuna High School. In 1938 Les began his military career by joining the National Guard. In 1942 he transferred to the Air Force and began his long and decorated flying career. He received his pilot's wings and Commission in July of 1943. He flew as a fighter pilot in WWII, serving two combat tours in Europe. Les remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1970, when he retired at the rank of Major.
In 1946 Les was hired by Idaho First National Bank, becoming an officer in 1950. He worked in various capacities in Sandpoint and Kellogg before joining the head office in downtown Boise, where he remained until his retirement in April of 1981. Les's long and dedicated commitment to the Masonic Order and Shrine began in 1947. He was a member of the Calem Temple in Lewiston, a member of the Jack Ass Patrol in Kellogg and President of the Shoshone County Shrine. Les became a member of the El Korah Temple following his bank transfer to Boise in 1962. He was elected Potentate of the El Korah Temple in 1975, then elected as Director of Jester Court #31 in 1977.
In September of 1977 Les was appointed to the Intermountain Unit Board of Governors of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Salt Lake City. He proudly served on that Board for over six years, serving in many different positions.
In retirement, Les's true passion of flying became an enormous part of his life as he became involved at the Warhawk Air Museum. He spent countless hours there fulfilling his love of flying, giving school tours and promoting the museum in any capacity he could. But most of all, he became part of the wonderful family at Warhawk, who all shared his passion of flying and history.
Les is survived by his wife, best friend and companion of 60 years, Lorraine. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Winnifred (Freddie) and Bob Potts, sister-in-law, Sue Johnson, numerous nieces and nephews, his Shrine family, his Warhawk Museum family and numerous people blessed enough to be called his dear friends.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 8, 2011
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