Leslie (Les) Stephen Reese

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Leslie (Les) Stephen Reese died Sept. 28, 2007, from injuries sustained in an accident while on vacation in the mountains of New Mexico with his wife, Janna Scott and family.

He was born in Comanche, Okla., Feb. 18, 1956, and moved to Sierra Vista at the age of two.

He graduated from Sierra Vista High School in 1974 and attended the University of Arizona.

He was the films committee chairman of Desert Con IV in 1975-76, and this developed into a lifelong love of literature, writing and gaming. As an avid military gamer, and member of the U of A gaming, he painted miniature gaming pieces in his leisure. He was a founding member of the Arizona Medieval Society (AMS) and on one occasion, with other members, participated in an ambitious reenactment of Coronado's trek through Arizona in the 16th century. He was passionate about literature, especially writing and was a novelist and a published short story author. He also loved railroads and hoped to one day ride all the railroads in Colorado. He was an employee at University Medical Center in Tucson, where he worked for more than 20 years in the Department of Radiology.

He leaves behind his loving wife Janna Lee Scott, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Dwayne Gibson of Pinetop, Ariz.; a niece, Layla of Tucson, Ariz. He also leaves behind his parents-in-law, W. A. and Janet Scott of Payson; as well as his brothers and sisters-in-law: William Scott of Denver, Colo., his daughter, Alexandria; Nancy Scott of Fort Wingate, N.M., her daughter, Stephanie Jones and great-niece, Desirea of Payson; Michaelene and David Medlock of Austin, Texas, and their children, Diana, Michael, Destiny, Lilly and Hannah; Louis and Raquel Scott of Yuma, Ariz., and their daughter, Natalie; Tim and Diane Scott of Payson, Ariz. He also leaves behind many beloved friends and co-workers too numerous to mention.

A beloved husband, brother, son-in-law, friend and co-worker, he was a gentle man with a great joy and love of life. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life was held at Unity Church in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 13, 2007 and a memorial service was held at the DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center in Tucson on Oct. 18, 2007.

To sign online guest book, go to www.Tucson.com/go/ memorials.

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