Obituary: Lester Jerry Platt
July 11, 2012
Lester Jerry Platt passed away June 26, 2012 after a very short battle with cancer. Unfortunately the cancer won, but he was ready to go and did so holding the hand of his daughter who loved him so very, very much. He was a kind and gentle man and there wasn’t anyone who ever met him, who didn’t like him. He was always interested in what someone had to say, and he appreciated a good home cooked meal, a beautiful sky full of clouds and sharing a shot of tequila with one of the many friends he had. He grew the best tomatoes and green beans in the world, invented the word ‘do-flop-er’ and will never be forgotten by anyone who ever was lucky enough to know him. He was an avid dirt bike rider and was happiest when riding the deserts of Mojave and Baja California, which he did for over 60 years. He rode in the first two Baja 1000’s with Vern Hancock and to many to count hare & hounds, enduro’s, TT’s and countless weekends rides. He lived most of his life in Costa Mesa, California married to Patsy Irene Wyrick, who passed away in 2000. At that time, he moved to Gardnerville, Nevada, to be near Debby and his grandsons. He is survived by his daughter, Debby Platt of Gardnerville, Nevada; grandsons, Kekila Lester Fonoti Keuma and Keenan Copp, granddaughter, Leilani Keuma; family members, Victor and BJ Wilson of Gardnerville, Nevada; and his dear riding buddy, Peter Perrin of Torrance California.
There will be no service at his request, but there will be a celebration of life for him at Mike’s Sky Rancho in Baja California over Thanksgiving.