Edward C. ‘Ed’ LeSourd, 77, a resident of the Pleasant Ridge area, died May 3, 2003, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 25, 1925 on Whidbey Island to John Milton and Ada Teanette Herrette LeSourd. He was one of the first babies born on Whidbey Island after electricity came to the island. There was a midnight curfew for electricity and the delivery doctor called to have the electricity kept on for an extended half-hour longer for the birth on Christmas morning.
He attended and graduated from Coupeville High School. He crop farmed, turkey and dairy farmed on Whidbey Island and served as a volunteer fireman in Coupeville.
As a pastime he enjoyed racing cars. On June 28, 1950, he married his wife of 52 years, Barbara Ellen Borgman. After he sold his farm to his brother-in-law, he went to work for Anacortes Veneer. He and his family moved to Anacortes where they lived with family for two years. In 1969, he and his family moved to LaConner where he had lived ever since. Mr. LeSourd also worked at Mount Baker Plywood Mill. After retiring, he worked at Mount Vernon Cemetery as a groundsman and machinist; he retired from there due to illness. He was an avid sports fan. He supplied all his family and friends with produce from his large garden where he spent many hours.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the family home; daughter Sandy and her husband Red Clark of Ford; son John and his wife Connie LeSourd of LaConner; six grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Terje Culp of Mount Vernon, Erica Hernandez and her companion Tyler Payne of Willpinit, Halei and her husband James Young of Spokane Valley, Jeremiah LeSourd of Mount Vernon and Linsey and Nathan LeSourd of LaConner; three great-grandchildren, Drew Alonna and Mason Payne, all of Willpinit. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Dorothy Sherman.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at Kern Funeral Chapel, 1122 S. Third St., Mount Vernon. Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, 728 134th St., SW No. 101, Everett 98284 or Skagit Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1376, Mount Vernon. Arrangements are by Kern Funeral Chapel, Mount Vernon.