Thomas Alfred Cockrell - Santa Maria Times - (Apr/2/2004)
April 1, 2004
Leslie Thomas Alfred Cockrell
Leslie Thomas Alfred Cockrell, 91, of Provo, passed away March 25, 2004. He was born Jan. 11, 1913, in Montreal, Canada, to Frederick Agustus and Emma Osgood Cockrell. He married Evelyn Dodge March 23, 1935. He became a U.S. citizen Nov. 9, 1938. Leslie was always proud to be an American.
He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles, Calif., from the age of 17 until he retired after 30 years of service. During World War II, he was away from his family for a year moving troops and equipment. Leslie was a businessman in Baldwin Park, Calif., where he owned and operated L & E Friendly Hardware Store. In 1960, he moved to Lakeport, Calif. and built Hillcrest Park Resort. In 1962, he moved to Santa Maria, Calif. and started the third- largest independent insurance agency on California's Central Coast and he also sold real estate. He later sold his insurance agency and moved to Utah to be closer to his family. He and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the world and in their motor home through the U. S., Mexico, and Canada with their boat and motorbike in tow.
Leslie was a member of the LDS Church. He loved the Lord and served in scouting, as a branch president and in many auxiliaries of the Church. He and his wife served a five year temple mission in the Los Angeles Temple. His most cherished possession was his family, and he will be greatly missed. He is our superman.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Provo; a daughter, Evelyn Darlene Jensen, of Provo; two sons, Thomas Alfred Cockrell, of Verdi, Nev., and Richard Frederick Cockrell, of Truckee, Calif.; 16 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren with two on the way, and 10 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Messenger, of Palm Desert, Calif., and Stuart Messenger, of Cameron Park, Calif.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 2, 2004, at 11 a.m., in the Lakeside 11th Ward LDS Chapel, 260 North 2801 West, Provo. Friends may call at the ward chapel, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Services under the direction of the Berg Mortuary of Provo.
1 Frederick Agustus Cockrell
Emma Osgood Cockrell
2 Arthur Messenger, of Palm Desert, Calif
2 Stuart Messenger, of Cameron Park, Calif
2 Leslie Thomas Alfred Cockrell, born Jan. 11, 1913, in Montreal, Canada, d. March 25, 2004, Provo, Utah
m. March 23, 1935
3 Evelyn Darlene Jensen, of Provo, Utah
3 Thomas Alfred Cockrell, of Verdi, Nev.
3 Richard Frederick Cockrell, of Truckee, Calif