L. William “Bill” Lease
Former Casper and Worland resident, Leslie William “Bill” Lease, 91, of Kirkland, WA passed away quietly, with his family at his side, at his home on April 9, 2012
Bill was born on May 5, 1920 in Fatehgarh, India, a son of missionary parents. He spent his first 10 years in that country.
He attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA to become a
Petroleum Geologist. He then did
graduate studies at the
Bill then started his career as a petroleum geologist for
Texaco in Casper, WY before going to work for Ziegler Exploration of Denver,
CO. He was the geologist in charge the
development of the Bonanza Oil Field east of
He then worked as an independent consulting geologist for
the next 20 years before joining Nuclear Dynamics as a project geologist in a
uranium exploration venture in Wyoming with Bethlehem Steel Company. He served as the staff geologist, and as
Senior Geologist, of the
He retired from Bendix Field
Engineering Corp. when his part of the NURE Project was completed. He then joined Daniel Oil Co/Partner Oil Co
Bill had been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist since from 1949, and was a Member Emeritus of the association at the time of his passing, a 63 years member. He also was a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologist, a certified Petroleum Geologist, and a member of the Wyoming Geological Association.
Bill married the former Peggy Sneed in July 1961. The couple raised their children Sheri and
Debra in Worland and
He was an avid photographer who loved taking photos of the
mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. Bill
loved to walk and was nicknamed “Wyoming Bill” by his friends in the park near
his home in
Bill is survived by his wife Peggy Lease of Kirkland, WA, his daughter Sheri of Kenmore, WA and Debra of Kirkland, WA, by his sister Dorothy Burns of Vienna, VA and his brother John Lease of Seaford, DE. His parents and one brother precede him in death.
A memorial service will be held and his ashes will be buried in the Ten Sleep Cemetery in the summer of 2012, near the mountains he loved so dearly.