Leo E. LaChance

leo e. lachance
Leo E. LaChance, 88, Moorhead, MN passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Lilac Homes, Moorhead. Leo was born March 1, 1931 in Topsham, Maine to Emery and Edwedge (Pouillot) LaChance. He attended school in Brunswick, Maine graduating from Bath High School. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Maine where he was active in ROTC, graduating with a degree in Zoology. He went to graduate school at North Caroline State University where he pursued his graduate degree in Insect Genetics. He was united in marriage to Joan Favreau on August 6, 1955 in Brunswick, Maine. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture at 2 posts, one in New York State and one in Texas before moving to Fargo in 1963. He worked at the Metabolism and Radiation research lab at NDSU, retiring in 1985 before taking a position with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency. He was active in US Figure skating where he was not only a participant but also a judge where he spent close to 30+ years spending many volunteer hours. He loved spending time at his lake cabin on Big Cormorant with his family. He is survived by his children; Lois A. LaChance, Moorhead, MN, Marc LaChance, Roanoke, Virginia, Matthew (Trevor Burroughs) LaChance, Alexandria, Virginia; 2 grandchildren, Joe (Maria) LaChance, Courtney LaChance. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Joan in 2007. Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.

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  1. Lois,
    Sending you my deepest sympathies. It is always difficult to lose a parent. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. Lois – He sounds remarkable. I hope you have many fond memories of him. Thinking of you.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss Lois. May you have fond memories. Thinking of you and bless you sand the family,

  4. We grieve with the family at the loss of Leo. He was a colleague and a friend. Our sincere sympathy at your loss.

  5. I met Leo in August 1981 as we trial judged figure skating tests together in Sun Valley, ID, and three summers that followed. I recall meeting at least one if not both sons as his driving companions for the drive between Fargo and Sun Valley. What followed was 30-years plus of rapid correspondence on many subjects but mainly figure skating and a solid staunch friendship. We shared frustration and joy over each appointment rejection or promotion. I would see Leo and Joan at various World and US National competitions over the years, including Spokane, WA 2007 shortly before Joan’s passing. I enjoyed attending 2009 LA Worlds and 2012 San Jose Nationals as Leo’s skating fan roommate. A crowning occasion of sorts was a test session in Bismarck, ND in April 2012 where Leo and I judged what would be our last session together. A wonderful friend. Blessings, Leo.

  6. Leo was a nice person, and an excellent scientist who made many significant
    contributions to the ARS. His family every reason to be proud of his

  7. I’m sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Leo’s. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. We have memories of your family as neighbors in two neighborhoods! What a wonderful man. With love and prayers from Leonabelle (Sunny) Mathison and family

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