Lester Wayne Zwart

Lester Wayne Zwart

April 01, 1939 - November 04, 2021
Irvine CA

Lester Wayne Zwart

April 01, 1939 - November 04, 2021
Irvine CA


Lester Wayne Zwart, 82, of Irvine, CA,  passed away on November 4, 2021, from a brain bleed he sustained after taking a fall while serving children as a school crossing guard.

Born April 1, 1939, in Edgerton, MN to Lawrence & Tena Zwart, Les grew up on a farm and developed his love of building things from his father and grandfather. He started working in construction shortly after graduating from Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton in 1957. Les married Mary Ann Peters on October 7, 1960, and they were blessed with two children during their time in Minnesota: Ivan Zwart (now of Irvine, CA) and Brenda Gastley (now of Phoenix, AZ). His work as a contractor led Les and his family to move to Southern California in 1964, where their family grew to include Douglas Zwart (now of La Crosse, WI) and Kimberly Mills (now of Portland, OR). Les was a devoted husband and father, and he was deeply involved in his family’s life at home, school, church, and community. Les had a long and successful career as a carpenter and homebuilder until his retirement in 2021, and his expert craftsmanship touched the lives of many people throughout Southern California. His love of building continues with the work of his son and grandson. In retirement, Les served his community by working as an elementary school crossing guard for the Irvine Police Department. Les and Mary have loved and enjoyed their 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, traveling regularly to spend time visiting their families. They have spoken often of their gratefulness for God’s faithfulness to them over 61 years of marriage, and the entire family is thankful for the support and prayers of so many as they process the sudden loss of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

All are invited to attend a celebration of life for Les at 11:00am on Friday, December 3, 2021, at Christ Community Church of Laguna Hills, CA (25382 MacKenzie St, Laguna Hills, CA 92653).

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: December 3, 2021 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Christ Community Church
  • Location: 25382 MacKenzie St. Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)

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2 responses to Lester Wayne Zwart

  1. JMJ – The Crowder and Wielenga families of Leander, TX send their deepest condolences for the passing of Les. The Zwart legacy lives on in his wife Mary, their children & their spouses; grandchildren/great grandchildren.
    Les will be remembered in our hearts, and when we think of him – we will see the smile on his face and the twinkle in his eyes that were always present when we were fortunate to visit with him at family functions.
    Blessings and Prayers for the Zwart family as they celebrate the Life of Les.

  2. Dearest Mary and Zwart Family,

    You are in our hearts and daily prayers as you go through this time of mourning over Les. Let not your hearts be troubled as we now can celebrate his God-ordained life with the Lord in HIS eternal kingdom! For the child of God, death is not a curse, it is a blessing. And for this we rejoice with you.

    We will always remember Les and his sweet smile and disposition. We are thankful the Lord brought him and you Mary into our lives and enjoyed your company at family gatherings. God bless you and your family in the days and months ahead.
    Jesus is our eternal hope. No matter what happens in this life, may you keep that focus on Jesus our Saviour.

    Love, Karen & Steven Dehlinger

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