November 28, 1929 – January 4, 2019
John Carldon LeFave, 89, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Jan. 4, 2019, at Summer Wood Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Moses Lake, Washington.
Carl was born on Nov. 28, 1929 in Spokane, Washington to Ebby and Walter LeFave. He was the younger brother of Burnell LeFave.
Carldon attended school in Spokane and graduated from West Valley High School in 1948. Carl served in the Army and trained at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1952 he was given a furlough to marry the love of his life, Dorothy “Lorraine” Mosling. They were happily married for 54 years.
After completing his service at Fort Lewis, they made their home on Orchard Prairie in Spokane, Washington. In 1968, Carldon and Lorraine were enticed by the prospects of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project where they purchased land in Block 89. They moved their farming operation along with their four boys to Moses Lake, where they remained on the farm until Lorraine’s death in 2006.
Carl was named Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1973. He was a member of the Columbia Basin Cubers and White Trail Grange, and a volunteer firefighter in both Orchard Prairie and Grant County.
Throughout his life, besides farming, Carl loved fishing and camping. He was a big sports fan. He loved playing and following his grandkids’ sporting activities.
After the death of his wife, Lorraine, Carl found companionship with Lola Parker and married her in 2008. They spent the remainder of her life at the Monroe House, in Moses Lake.
Carl is survived by his sons Rick (Peggy) LeFave of Ephrata, Don (Michele) LeFave of Spokane, Gordon (Vicky) LeFave of Moses Lake and John (Diane) LeFave of Moses Lake; eight grandchildren Mandi, Derik, Manda, Nick, Jeremy, Cameron, Carina and Andrea and nine great-grandchildren. Carl is preceded in death by his daughter Cathie Anne LeFave, father Walter LeFave, mother Ebby Goodholm LeFave, brother Burnell LeFave, grandson David LeFave, wife Lorraine Mosling LeFave, granddaughter Breann LeFave and wife Lola Parker LeFave.
A Memorial Service will be held at Peninsula Community Church at 2403 W. Texas St., Moses Lake, Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. The family would like to thank the Monroe House and Summer Wood staff for the great loving care Carl received. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Peninsula Community Church.