Lee Ernest Orr 1935-2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Lee Ernest Orr 1935-2021

Lee Ernest Orr was born on April 11, 1935 to Irving E. and Margaret R. Orr in Dillon, Montana. He graduated from Beaverhead County High School, attended Western Montana College for two years and then transferred to Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture in 1958. Lee was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In 1960, Lee moved to Southern California to accept a position at Fredricks Development Corporation. Lee retired as Executive Vice President at FDC in 1988. Semi-retired, he was a private business investor.

A man of many interests and hobbies, Lee was a global

traveler who made two Around The World trips in his lifetime as well as visiting all 50 states. A lifelong railroad buff, he rode every train he could. The Durango & Silverton in Colorado, the Yukon and White Pass Route in Alaska, the Rovos Rail Line in South Africa and the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Mongolia to Moscow were among his favorite trips. An Antique Automobile collector, Lee was a member of the Ford Model T Club and the Oakland Pontiac Club. In his 1918 Model T, Lee, with his son or friends, participated in the Annual Ford Model T “Montana 500” Race from 2005 until this last year. He won many awards with his three 1926 Oakland Autos at Shows and Meets across the U.S. An avid though average golfer, he was part of the Irvine Senior Golfers and played as often as he could on courses as varied as The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland to The Mowana Course at the Safari Lodge in Botswana. Lee slept in the trees in Papua New Guinea, fished for piranha in the Amazon, rode camels in Timbuktu, Mali, and viewed the Moai at Easter Island, Chile. Lee enjoyed life to the fullest, he managed in 85 years to accomplish everything on his bucket list and more. One of Lee’s greatest joys of life was being a father to his children, especially their yearly snowmobile trips to West Yellowstone and their summer road trips to attend athletic events and to see America together.

Lee passed away peacefully at his home in Irvine, California, on Feb. 28, 2021 of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol; his daughter Leanne; his son Lee W. (Allyson); and his grandchildren Dylan and Carly.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elizabeth Ann.

At Lee’s request, funeral services will be private.