|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1918|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2006|
Retired Air Force Colonel Lee C. Black, age 88, died October 19, 2006. He was born January 31, 1918 in Richfield, Utah, to Terah Lee and Elna Caroline Christensen Black. He was the second of three sons and three daughters. He lived in Colorado Springs since 1959. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Leah, of 65 years in April of 2006. His mother, father, two brothers, and a sister also preceded him in death. He is survived by three daughters, Suzanne B.Traxler (Paul),Teresa B. Cunningham Brown, Nanette B. Snoy (Jeff), nine granddaughters, nine great grandsons, five great granddaughters and two sisters, Norma Wyndley and Shirley Asay.
Colonel Black served 29 years during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War in the Army Air Corps and later the U.S.Air Force. Colonel Black was assigned to the Air Force Academy in 1959. Superintendent General William Stone assigned him in 1961 to be the planner, organizer, and first commander of the newly authorized USAF Preparatory School for men aspiring to become Academy cadets. As commander of the Prep School he was awarded the Legion of Merit for the first four years of the school's operation and a second Legion of Merit for the next six year period. He had many other assignments in the military prior to this but none were as satisfying as the 12 years at the Air Force Academy. He retired from military service in February 1971.
After retirement, Colonel Black was the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross for 12 years before retiring in June, 1983. He served as President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of The Retired Officers' Association (TROA),Vice President of the Colorado State Council of TROA Colorado Chapters, state president, and National TROA Board of Directors. He served for over 16 years as a director and in other positions on the Board of the Air Academy Federal Credit Union.
On November 2, 2002, Colonel Black was recognized at a reunion of 40 Prep School classes by having the Prep School Parade Field named,The Black Field, after him as the founder and first commander. Lee Black was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of the divinity of the Savior. He served in many callings throughout his lifetime membership. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2006, in the Latter Day Saint Chapel located at 8710 Lexington Dr., Colorado Springs, 80920. There is a public viewing scheduled from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at Swan-Law Funeral Directors. Colonel Black will be buried at the USAF Academy with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Pikes Peak Hospice.
Leah Ann Paxton Black (1918 - 2006)*
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
El Paso County
Created by: Miss Moshpit
Record added: Oct 22, 2006
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