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Leonard Mapston, 77, a teacher and veteran, died Oct. 25, 2012.
He was born July 26, 1935, in Great Falls, the eldest son of Albert and Elizabeth Lingel Mapston. After graduating from Centerville High School in 1953, he joined the Army in 1954. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Sand Coulee and married Lucille Lemoine on Aug. 31, 1957.
He pursued a degree in teaching the sciences and first taught in Bainville, where he taught physics and general science, coached basketball and track, and had a stint at being a principal. He eventually settled in Lewistown and was honored by the Jaycees as Outstanding Young Educator.
After 27 years, he retired from teaching and worked for the Human Resources Development Council as a life coach and trainer, then for the Montana Job Service. In 1990, when at age 55 he was on the verge of retiring from a 20-year career in the Army Reserves, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for eight months during the Persian Gulf War.
He was an AFS exchange student advisor and a lifelong member of the Lions Clubs International, serving as District 37A governor in 1994. He was a past member of the Eagles and Elks lodges and the American Legion and served on the Lewistown City Parks Board and the Fergus County Credit Union Board.
He spent the last 15 winters in Yuma, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Kelly Mapston and Jay Mapston; a daughter, Lenette Kosovich; four grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; and brothers, David Mapston and Darrell Mapston.
Visitation was Oct. 28, and services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Military Honors will be at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Billings Heights Lions Scholarship Fund. P.O. Box 50974, Billings, MT 59105.