Lester Earl Ward

Aug 11, 1974 - Aug 13, 2020


Friends are welcome to attend a service at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 25 at The Pavillion at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove CA

Born August 11, 1974, in San Jose, California, and passed away in Elk Grove, California on August 13, 2020, at the age of 46. Lester leaves behind a heartbroken family, including his wife Elizabeth “Liz”, daughters Lauren and Madeline, and son Easton.  In addition, Lester is survived by his mother Mary Ward, sister Dori Kolb (Mike), brother-in-law Nelson Alves (Kaite), niece Kaitlin Kolb, nephews Jeremy Kolb, and Carson and Cameron Alves, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Lester was preceded in death by his father, Earl Dee Ward.  Raised in San Jose, Lester graduated from San Jose High Academy in 1992 and after marrying his wife Liz in 2000, settled in Elk Grove in 2002 to start a family. Lester enjoyed his work as a butcher starting as a young man working at his uncle’s slaughterhouse in Gilroy, California to then spending the last 17 years at Costco in the meat department. Lester was devoted to the Holy Spirit and spent many hours at the SES Hall of Elk Grove and, alongside his wife Liz, served as Holy Ghost Festa President in 2019. Lester was passionate for his favorite past-time; fishing. He enjoyed his trips with friends to Baja California, Alaska, Bodega Bay, the San Francisco Bay, and the local Sacramento area rivers. But he was just as content taking his children to the creek by the house or the local park lake. An avid sports fan, Lester was a lifelong fan of the San Jose Sharks, San Francisco 49ers, and the San Francisco Giants, he was thrilled to take Lauren to the Championship Parade in 2014. Lester’s biggest passion were his 3 little loves, Lauren, Madeline, and Easton. His love for life, fishing, and his beautiful smile will forever live within the kids and his wife Liz.


  • Mike Tavares says:

    You will be dearly missed my cousin.

  • Nicholas Tavares says:

    R.I.P. Padrinho. You will be missed.

  • Victor Jorge says:

    I will remember you forever my cousin

  • Angela Jorge says:

    Love you cousin may you rest in peace. Will always remember you.

  • Deanna Rasky says:

    We will keep you in our hearts.

  • Debra Neighbors says:

    We love you with all our hearts and will miss you.

  • Susee Caetano says:

    Rest In Peace ! You will be dearly missed

  • Kenny & Leslie Rosa says:

    We were saddened to hear of Lester’s passing. He was laughing and smiling whenever we saw him. He will truly be missed. May be Rest In Peace

  • Celestina and Frank Pastor says:

    May you rest in Peace,and look from Heaven after
    your wife and children.

  • Christy Lewis says:

    You will forever be in our hearts sweet cousin. I’ll always cherish our memories. We will miss you dearly.

  • Ana Teresa Maciel says:

    My heart is with you all. Thinking and praying for you during this difficult time.

  • Eloísa Diep says:

    So heartbreaking, our deepest condolences to Liz and the kids. RIP Lester 🙏🏼 Love, Eloisa & Tony Diep

  • Joe Couto says:

    Words are insufficient to express the sadness and loss I feel. Lester was more like a brother to me. His passing has left a hole in the world that cannot be filled. I miss you my friend.

  • Patricia Neighbors says:

    Too soon. Our hearts are so sad. But you are forever in our hearts, cousin.

  • Diana Pastor Fabia says:

    Rest in peace! May you be an Angel looking after your beautiful family for eternity.

  • Isabel and Manuel Tavares says:

    We are all going to miss you very much.

  • Fátima says:

    Liz, I’m sorry for your and your children’s loss.

    May God Bless you and give you strength to raise your children and keeping Lester memory alive.

    God Bess!

  • Irma says:

    This is really heartbreaking. My condolences to your family. RIP Lester

  • Fatima Sequeira says:

    Liz. I’m so sorry for u and ur family,ur in our prayers ,I’m out words.Lester RIP.

  • Liz Sousa says:

    Liz, HEARTBREAKING NEWS. Our deep Condolences to you and your family, May His Memory Be a Comfort to you and your children. LESTER RIP

  • Gary W. Kinard says:

    I remember a 7 year old Lester, at Bini’s bar and grill, pool-cue in hand, eyes just above table level, walking around looking for the next shot.
    His Dad, Earl, would bet on him winning the game. Uncle Earl made some bank on Lester’s talent.
    Even after Lester broke both arms, he could still win a game.
    When Lester married Elizabeth, that gave us new stories to share. Lester always had a smile. Laughter was the rule.
    We will miss our cousin. He will always be near to our heart(s). We wish blessing for Elizabeth and the kids.

  • Debbie says:

    I will always remember Lester as a nice, hardworking, honest, loyal, and good spirited friend. A wonderful husband, father, son, uncle, brother, son in law, and friend. You were suddenly taken to soon. You will truly missed.❤️

  • Sonia Rebelo says:

    Liz, I am trully so very, very sorry to hear this news. I wish all the best for you and your family.

  • Maria says:

    So sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to your family

  • Carla Rebelo says:

    I will always remember the group trip we took to Pismo many, MANY years ago and witnessing how much Lester loved Liz. It was beautiful. Much love to your family. Beijinhos.

  • Patricia Bailey says:

    Elizabeth, I have no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss. May God bring comfort and peace for you, the kids and your family. He will be missed. Count on me, my dear friend!❤

  • Sandy Goulart says:

    Lester, sweet soul….
    My heart is filled with sorrow that you are no longer physically here with us. And the anger I feel that you were taken away sooo soon, I have no words to express. Thank you for always being sweet and caring and for always having a smile on your face….You will be truly missed!

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