Dan Lediard

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Dan Lediard
Residing In Reno, NV USA
Spouse/Partner Jo Anne (Jody) Lediard (we met late January 1967) - Jody is an ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church. She is also a retired Reg. Nurse.
Occupation Semi-retired Priest in the Episcopal Church. Also a retired insurance agent after 35 years.
Children Three adult sons: Dan, Matt, Mark. All are married to great women, and they have combined seven children More…(GRANDCHILDREN!!!)
Military Service U.S.A.F. Air Police - (M.P.'s) Reserves  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Air Force Reserves Hill AFB 66-72

U of U - S.L.C.

University of Nevada Reno.

1975 became Self Employed Insurance Agent, Farmers Insurance:

In 2006 I was ordained a Priest in the Episcopal Church. After I retired from insurance I accepted the Rector-ship at the Episcopal Church in Hermiston, Oregon (a small rural town in Eastern Oregon about the size of Elko (18,000 or so). In 2017 I retired again, and returned to Reno, to be with Jody, our 3 son's, their wives, and our seven grandchildren. All of whom live in the Reno area. While I served as the rector in Oregon, my wife (Rev. Jody) was asked to be the Priest-in-charge of a good size Episcopal Church in Kennewick, Wa. We both lived in Kennewick, Wa., as our parishes were only about 29 miles away from the other. It was a scenic freeway drive and the highlight was crossing over the Columbia River.

School Story

Highland High School Graduated - 1966

Funniest memory. The Rams were always horny - or so they claimed. (the 1966 Highland girl cheerleaders still claim it was disgustingly (not) true). My family moved from Miami Florida to Salt Lake City summer of 1961. My father had accepted a great corporate promotion and transfer to Utah. We lived near Foothill Village so I attended Hillside Jr. High and then off to HIghland.

Jody and I have been blessed with much love, shared dreams, good health, and strong individual identities. For these and many others gifts we are most grateful. TBTG!

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Posted on: Aug 25, 2016 at 2:15 PM

I'm not sure I miss the commercial, but for now: "Snap, Crackle and Pop" won't cease and desist? Oh yeah! Over in Sugar House was the famous: "Phil, Dan, and Andy too - they're the Carpet Trio. - And to wrap up my morning brain spasm I offer the infamous line from the song sung at the end of each Mickey Mouse Club T.V. program: "Why, because We like you!" I still think that Karen had Annette beaten "hands-down" for being the cutest Mouse-Cateer (SP?). --- Yikes! I believe Linda Corak Robinson knew of my powerful desires towards Karen even in my early teen years at Hillside?

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Jul 30, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Dear Paul, I sincerely thank you for sharing you're being a man who just happens to be gay. I deeply appreciate all your comments, insights, honesty and integrity. I was raised in the Episcopal Church and it "screwed me up" so weirdly that I ended up being ordained a priest. My wife of 47 years, Rev. "Jody," is also an ordained Episcopal priest.
The unique culture in Utah was (and is?) quite "Polly-Anna-ish," if I might use such an expression. While I try to respect the religious views of the various religions - and the denominations within Christianity - I have huge issues with those which take the unstated-position that God loves all people - BUT - NOT THOSE PEOPLE OVER THERE! I do believe that all people were and are somehow created by God - and in the image of God. That by itself cannot be defined by anyone, nor can it be "clarified with exceptions" by anyone. To be created as such is beyond any sense of full understanding. My wife and I both have many friends who are LGBTQ (I do have great problems in labeling anyone but in this case I'll have to let it ride.). This includes ordained clergy within the Episcopal Church. As we know, this does not make us any better than anyone else. Perhaps it is simply an acknowledgement of our innate sense of being? I think" Yes". --- Ii enjoyed reading of your "denominational cruise" as you were "looking" for what made sense - and for that in which you feel welcome, loved, and honored. TBTG! As you tried the "Episcopal" flavor you are aware of where our denomination has been and where (maybe?) we are going? I do laugh at this sentence as I have certainly heard and been told that the Episcopal Church is going to hell. My only "acceptable for print" response is: COOL! I am most thankful I somehow found your posting. Coincidence? Naaahh! My wife and I each have (preside at) our own parishes in Oregon and Washington State. I need to wrap this up as I've got to finish my sermon for tomorrow. With any luck I will appropriately find a place to throw out that: "My vision of God does not have a penis". Nor do I sense any other sexual indications. Before I cause my laptop to self-implode (perhaps it was made in Georgia or Arkansas?) I will end for now. If you care to respond and wish for some other mode of communication allow me to give you my e-mail address: danlediard@aol.com It would be good to communicate. Shalom, Dan Lediard+

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Posted on: Jul 12, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Hi Rick, We never took the opportunity to get to know each other while at HIghland, and we certainly hung around in different groups. The South Parking Lot smokers (the greasers?) made me a bit nervous -- and -- those with great leadership traits and profoundly good grades (such as you and many others) I needed to avoid as my self image lacked courage. Now more seriously, it has been great to follow you and many others as I (we) have been given a glimpse into the friendships of those who "danced to other drummers". I also appreciate being able to "pop-in" on your reunion-site and throw in a few comments and odd sense of humor. Thanks Rick, Dan Lediard.....

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Posted on: Jun 13, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Dear Friends, It was with much regret that I, along with my wife Jody could not attend the reunion. Jody's parents, both of them are in their mid-90's and both are closing in on their time with us, in this realm Both are now on Hospice care and this is indeed a blessing for those beautiful people. All of this takes place in the Reno, Nevada area. where we have lived since 1971. Jody and I are both ordained priests within the Episcopal Church, and we each "have" our own parishes. We live in Kennewick, Wa.. My parish is in Hermiston, Oregon, which is just 30 miles down the freeway from our home. Jody's parish is in Kennewick and it is about 2 miles from our home. Both of us are living out our ministries which both of us became aware of when in elementary school. Jody and I have both been traveling back and forth to Reno (640 miles) so as to be able to do what needs to be done, as well as tending to the emotional and spiritual needs of those who will soon be left behind. This absolutely includes Jody, her brother Mike and myself. Isn't the "bonding of love" such a beautiful thing? Millions may say "no - this is not true!" -- often times due to what has happened in their lives. May we do our best to love those God created people who hurt and suffer in their own private ways. Regardless of religious affiliations, our lack there-of. We are all sisters and brothers of God. --- To quickly summarize, my life has been good and for this I am deeply thankful. Being Jody's husband, and raising our three son's is a bountiful blessing, even though all three of ours sons are said to have inherited their "sense of adventure and goofy courage to try new and "questionable" things -- from their father. Let the world be thankful they inherited wisdom and common-sense from their mother. Our sons are married to wonderful women and their children (MY GRAND CHILDREN!!!) are all way above average. The girls are strong and the boys are all good looking. (yes, I swiped that from Prairie Home Companion). All are having good lives and successful happenings. Their individual ups-and-downs have all worked out and they know how to get up, kick off the dust, and stay in the race. T.B.T.G! ----- It has been such a pleasure to follow, and listen-in, on the conversation in the Highland Reunion 'web-site" (?). I have been quite surprised at all the memories which have surfaced. I am also honored by those who have written to me and shared some fun a memories. as well as telling me of some very nice things. To those of you who have thrown out a few compliments -- I thank you -- and I must tell you that "back at you!". All of you are beautiful people. I must mention two particular people who have been very important people in our lives long before we all graduated from Highland. They are Lynda Robinson and that handsome dude she is married to, and with -- Norman Robinson. I believe the old fart, Norm, graduated in 1964 or 1965? Lynda, especially, is a most beautiful, loving, accepting, faithful, and deeply spiritual person. Yes, Jody and I love them both. Besides, if Lynda had not let me see her correct test answers in our algebra class I would have possibly ended up never getting my diploma, and I might still be trying to get a G.E.D.? Beautiful people they are. Friends such as them are blessings. Well, lets make certain we clean up our lives (as needed and admitted) and do our best to live our lives based in love and compassion - for all people - including ourselves. Shalom, Dan+

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Jun 08, 2016 at 9:02 PM

Hi Lynda, We are back in Reno. How can I send a single message to all those I missed at the reunion? Dan...

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Posted on: May 24, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Hi Lee, Your time in the U.N.G. absolutely qualifies you as a veteran. Our youngest son ( of three sons) joined the Nevada Air National Guard (Reno, Nevada) and chose what used to be called "Air Police" which was changed decades ago to Security Forces. In 1966 I squeezed into the Air Force Reserves at Hill A.F.B. and chose Air Police. Was I perhaps nuts? Dang Tootin! Our son, Mark began his college times right after he got back from lackland. Three days after "911" his unit was activated and soon land in Kuwaite (sp?) . He was activated for two years and spent huge amounts of time in the war zones. He chose to make a career of being in the "active guard". He just "hit" 20 years and a few years ago was promoted to Master Sargeant. He has been deployed to the "sands" a few times and intends to stay in the Guard. I mention all this as our own generation of reserve and guard troops shared the same potential risks as did our son Mark. The biggest difference is perhaps, that we " old farts" were treated like draft dodgers due to the incredible animosity between those who served and that small, but freaking loud, bunch of people who protested just about everything. I honored their rights to protest, and yet, those who went "temporarily insane" caused major changes in our cultures. Some good and some not so good. Anyway, we all have every right and reason to hold ours heads high, and respect each other - and respect our own personal being. No "soap boxing" was intended but I do honor all who serve, in any ways, for the the security of all human beings. PHEW! If there are still those who protest what I just expressed -- I support their rights to take-off their underwear and set them on fire in protest. Burn baby, burn! During our reunion might be a great time for some fun, old fashioned streaking - followed by a huge bonfire - of undies. YES!!!

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May 12, 2016 at 1:19 PM

My Jr. High years were split by two states. I / we had been living in Miami Florida when I started 7th grade, where I attended Riviera Jr. High* My dad got a huge promotion and he accepted a transfer to Salt Lake City. We moved right after my 7th grade year. Just before we moved to Utah, Hurricane Donna hit Miami and caused horrific damage and caused many deaths as it moved up the Eastern coast line. Our home suffered no damage but the water level raised to within one inch or so of coming in. A few months later we moved to S.L.C. and my parents bought a home near Foothill Village. I then checked in at Hillside and was there for two years. Our move to Utah was fun and exciting -- and -- we got the heck out of the miserable heat and high humidity of summers in Miami. The one thing I REALLY missed in Miami was the spectacular fishing and scuba diving. The week before we moved to SLC I was with my church youth group and we were fishing along the Florida Keys - going south towards Key West. It was getting to be time to go and I was determined to catch something substantial. I changed to a larger hook and attached one entire Mullet. Within just a few moments something huge tugged on my fishing line - and the war began. It turned out to be a substantial sized Hammerhead Shark, and it wasn't very friendly when I got it to shore. Holy Crap Batman! Within a few minutes some man showed up who bought freshly caught fish from the anglers and he then sold them to seafood restaurants in Key West. I was blown away when he offered me $20. for the shark. My dad counter-offered and "we" accepted $30.. HOLY COW! Remember - this was in 1960 and $30. was huge amount. Soon after we got settled in our new home I went fishing with church friends near Bear Lake. I landed a good sized trout, and my new friends were quite pleased. I soon discovered that a trout of that size was a treasured catch out West. Bummer! Anyway, I quickly learned my way around Salt Lake City and met up with Chris Stuewe at our chosen Episcopal Church. We became somewhat like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (according to my parents) and our families became best of friends. Chris was killed in Vietnam about six years later and I really learned what a spectacular buddy Chris had been. Damn, I still miss him. I didn't intend to end with a sad experience, but I came away from Chris's death a different person. Human life is sacred and holy. We are called to love ALL OTHERS others as we are loved by God. It's a tough thing to do but that's just the way it is. I miss my friends in S.L.C. and I very much miss the Wasatch Mountains. That mountain range is spectacular, but the fishing is a let-down. Salt Lake City is "my home" and I had great times with the other kids I met. Thanks for being one of them! Dan+

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Posted on: May 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM

Hi Scott, Did you try to make contact with me a few months ago? I just received a F.B. notification that your message "got lost"'. Please let me know, and besides, I'd enjoy chatting. Best Wishes, Dan Lediard.

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Mar 17, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Hi Paul, As a veteran with very limited time in war zones I can certainly relate, in my own very small ways, about the unexpected and often tragic affects of agent orange. I have been a volunteer, prison chaplain for many years; and time, after time, after time, men disclosed to me that they had sloshed around in the stuff., tasted it, had their skin turn orange, and some even slept in it. Not one man blamed (at least to me) that what they did to end up in prison was caused by agent orange. After a few years of listening to incarcerated men I did pick up on the universal connection and have discussed it with prison psychologists. There is quite a bit of agreement that anti-social and deviant behavior can be directly tied to living in, ingesting it in one way or another, and fighting in agent orange. This I mention not in an attempt to pardon what they did, but to simply add another dimension to what "crap" our military men and women of the Vietnam Era have gone through. Compassion is needed for all people. I deeply thank you for sharing a bit of your story. Our stories are most important to each of us and to the world as a whole. Thanks for serving. Dan+

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Mar 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Hi Marsha, It occurred to a few hours ago that I became quite interested in the radio station KSXX, which was an all-talk station - liberal minded ( I guess?) controversial program. It was most fascinating. BTW! What a wonderful job you are doing with the HH66 website. Many, many thanks for your dedication and superb volunteered work. This has become quite meaningful for many of us. Actually, it can honestly be understood as a ministry. Yes. It is. Shalom..

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Mar 09, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Posted on: Mar 08, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Hey Richard Clayton, Your humor is appreciated by many of us. Don't cave in to those who act so holier than thou. I recognize at least one name from the past (50+ years ago) who still continues to suffer from acute anal irritation. Poor soul. It's sad how one's pain is sometimes released within their attacking of others. Human nature could certainly benefit from a speeding-up of evolution. Do animals attack others when they are unhappy with their own lives? Just wondering.