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John Taylor LeSueur April 25, 1923 - January 17, 2014

January 21, 2014

John Taylor LeSueur, 90, of San Clemente passed away on January 17, 2014, at the Saddleback Memorial Hospital in San Clemente.

John was born April 25, 1923, to Karl and Merle Skousen LeSueur in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Huntington Park High School in California and, while attending Los Angeles City College, joined the Navy in 1942. He served as an officer on the USS Dennis, a destroyer escort, during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was a member of the track team, received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history, and met his wife, Dolores Clift. They were married August 31, 1948.

John taught history and government at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California, for more than 30 years. An avid sports fan, he coached high school cross country, as well as football, basketball, and track in youth sports in the YMCA and community leagues.

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John served as a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as in other leadership positions throughout his life. With his wife, Dolores, he also served as a missionary, and together they served as temple workers for two decades. John retired from teaching in 1983 and moved with his wife to San Clemente, where he remained active in his church and as a community volunteer until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, his four children, David (Mary), Stephen (Kathy), Diana (Randy Bartlett), and Jeffrey (Beth), and 14 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m., Lesneski Mortuary, 640 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA. The funeral will be held Jan. 23, 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 470 Camino San Clemente, San Clemente, CA.

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