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Leslie Christopher Les Hurst

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Born: December 07, 1928

Died: March 01, 2012

Services: Memorial services are planned for Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 PM at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8050 E. Mountain View Rd. in Scottsdale. A reception will follow the services in Meredith Hall at the church.

Visitation: None

Leslie Christopher Hurst, “Les”, 83, died March 1st, 2012 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was a distinguished educator, teacher, athletic coordinator, athletic coach and community service volunteer and will be remembered for his lifelong advocacy on behalf of children. He was a 50 year resident of Scottsdale. Memorial services are planned for Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 PM at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8050 E. Mountain View Rd. in Scottsdale. A reception will follow the services in Meredith Hall at the church. His ashes will be interred in the Memorial Garden of the church. Les is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Jan (Gatlin) Hurst. Les moved from Missouri to Scottsdale in 1952. He met Jan, also a Scottsdale teacher, educator and counselor, as their careers coincided while teaching at Paiute Elementary School. They were married June 24, 1967. He is loved and honored by his family for his love and loyalty, his outstanding example as a husband, father and grandfather, and the blessing of his regard for all his family, near and far. He is survived by two sons, Michael Hurst (Cathy) of Chino Valley; Todd Hurst of Mesa; two daughters, Jill Boyce (Chris) of Gilbert and Melinda Urrea (Don) of Queen Creek. He is also survived by three grandsons; Jacob Boyce, Chris Hurst and Michael Mejia; four granddaughters, Sarah Boyce, Kaila Hurst, Amy (Hurst) Breitbart and Michelle (Mejia) Butler; nine great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members. Les was born December 7, 1928 in Atchison County, MO, the fifth and youngest child of Ben and Bessie Hurst. He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers and his two sisters. He grew up on the Missouri family farm in Trenton, MO, and during high school was an outstanding team member in track, basketball and football. He graduated from Northwestern Missouri University in 1961. In the years before the move to Arizona he was involved in teaching, coaching and school administration in several communities in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. During the early years in Arizona he taught at Scottsdale High School where he also coached track, basketball and football, and served as athletic coordinator. He completed a master’s degree at NAU in 1968 in social science and school administration, followed by assignments in school administration at both Chaparral High School and Scottsdale High School. His next and final career move was as principal of Cocopah Middle School, where he served for 10 years until his retirement in 1989 when he was honored for his years of service. A second career in real estate sales followed. An avid sports enthusiast, Les was always active in coaching softball, soccer, A.A.U. girls track and other school and community athletic teams. He also served several volunteer years as a member of the Personnel Board for the City of Scottsdale. Until the last few years, favorite activities were bicycling and wind-surfing, with wind-surfing being a particular favorite when on summer family vacations at the beach in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656, Arizona Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656, Arizona Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

Location: Indian School Mortuary (Map)

Church: Mountain View Presbyterian Church (Map)



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