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Leon "Slim" Weston was a larger than life personality whose smile, kind words and quick wit touched the lives of all who knew him. Slim will be remembered as a friend to all. A Teton Valley original, both his face and name have become nearly synonymous with Grand Targhee, the place he thought of as his home away from home. His genuine smile and big hugs reached out to people in a way that warmed the soul--even on the coldest of days. He embodied the spirit of Grand Targhee as he was never down and always made everyone feel welcome. His ever present smile, the twinkle in his eyes, and his sincere friendliness to all made every day a special day at Targhee. To his siblings he will be remembered as patient. He didn't get angry at mistakes, he just helped fix them. He loved animals and the outdoors, especially in winter. Leon was generous with a smile. To his son, Troy (Kristin), he will be remembered as a kind, encouraging supporter. While others called him Slim, Troy proudly called him dad. To Troy, his dad was not only a great friend but a friend who taught him how to ski, snowmobile, and become a champion wrestler by wrestling with him every night after practice. He, most importantly, instilled the need to be kind and good to everyone. To his daughter, Chandra Plennes (Chris, Ariana, Quinn) he will be remembered as a friend, a mentor, and someone who knew how to fix anything. He taught the values of being honest, hard working, and friendly to everyone, and he never undervalued a gal that could back up a trailer. To his grandchildren, Olyvia and Bridger, he will be remembered as their biggest fan and the guy who, no matter what, knew they could do anything with a little effort. To his wife, Cindy, Leon was a proud family man. He loved his family deeply. His grand children were the love of his life and he loved his daughter and son-in-law as if they were his own. His happiest times in life were spent with family. She will be forever thankful for time spent with one of the most kind men ever known.
Leon was born on September 18, 1941 at Teton Valley Medical Center. He attended school in Driggs, ID, graduating from Teton High School in 1960. He joined the United States Army on November 26, 1963 and served until November 27, 1965. Vietnam Vet. He later went to diesel mechanic school in Provo, Utah.
Leon was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in April 2011. After a 34 month fight, Slim passed peacefully at the Teton Valley Medical Center where he was surrounded by family and friends.
In his honor services will be open to the public and held at the LDS Stake Center 225 North 1st East, Driggs, ID. Viewing Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Funeral Service Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing at 10 a.m. Festivities to follow at Grand Targhee beginning at 3:30. Visit Grand Targhee's web page or Slim Weston's Facebook page for more specific details.
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