Clarence A. Leslie

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Clarence A. Leslie



The Rev. Dr. Clarence A. Leslie, 103, of Denver and Pastor Emeritus of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Littleton died peacefully on May 9, 2015.


Pastor Leslie was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, received his BA degree from Augustana College, his Master of Divinity degree from Augustana Theological Seminary, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Grandview College. He was ordained as a pastor in 1940. Pastor Leslie served Lutheran congregations in Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Colorado.


Pastor Leslie is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Ednamarie; his children, Daniel (Bonnie), Stephen (Debbie), Becky (Larry Dorr); and Philip; 10 grandchildren; Christy, Jennifer (Douglas), David (Stephanie), Daniel (Sarah), Stephen (Sheria), Anne (Todd), Jolyn (Matthew), Michael (Shana), Laura (Joseph) and Joseph and 18 great grandchildren.


A Service in Celebration of Christ’s Resurrection for Pastor Leslie will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 6322 S Lakeview St in Littleton on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10am. Internment of cremains will follow at the columbarium of Holy Trinity Church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to The Memorial Fund of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 




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  1. My deepest sympathies to the family of Pastor Leslie. I remember him well from Grand View Lutheran Church in Des Moines; he was the pastor at our church there when I was a kid. I remember him being the full-time Pastor and Pastor Ray Lingwall was the Assistant Pastor. What a great team. Pastor Leslie was a good man; I have never forgotten him, and offer the thoughts and prayers of our Congregation at Grand View Lutheran to Ednamarie and the family.

  2. Sincere sympathy and prayers to the entire Leslie family for the passing of Pastor Leslie. Our family was part of the church family at First Lutheran in New Jersey and Pastor confirmed me.  We have many wonderful memories of his time at First Lutheran.

    Lily-Ann Dahl Kranking

    Wake Forest,NC

  3. Becky,  Just heard about your Dad.  I am sorry to hear of his passing.  From the stories you have told, he lead a long, wonderful life.  My thoughts are with you and your entire family.  Miss you!   Sue

  4. Dear Becky and Larry,

    Jeff and I send our condolences for the loss of your Dad/Father In Law.  He has a kind and gentle face, and the stories you told us about him were always so charming and sweet.  I hope your Mom holds up well.  We are thinking of you.


  5. Such a great man and wonderful person. We were able to converse on the phone several times about family history and he was always thoughtful, patient, and what a mind for recall. His obituary is much too short, so many interesting exploits and kindnesses were his. My sincere sympathy to all the family.

  6. Becky— Don't ask me how i found out about your father's death , but please accept my deepest sympathies, albeit a little late. I still have fond memories of him and your mom after all these years. How lucky you were to have your dad for so long, and luckier still to still have your mom….and so close by. Please give your mom my kindest regards and sympathies. They were both so kind to me while we were close.

    With great memories, and great affection for your whole family,

    Best regards to both you and Larry, and deepest sympathies,

    Mike Orr

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