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Lee, 90 years young and suffering from cancer, passed peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Lee was born in Hooker,OKone of seven children; born to Forest and Amy Beach Cline, he is survived by his brother Ernest and family of DeBerry, TX. Lee proudly served his country in WWII as an enlisted radioman, Petty Officer, 1st Class in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served primarily in the South Pacific on the “Cutter” from 1942 -1946. Lee was employed by Canon Electric for many years, served as a deacon at Sierra Madre Cong Church in the 1960’s and later served and attended Sierra Madre Methodist Church. Lee was well known in Sierra Madre for his many accomplishments includinghis years as a city council member (1988-) and as vice mayor (1996-). Before and after his city service, he continued to volunteer and remain active in numerous city issues.City issues meaning most to him included his lead in saving 96 trees on Orange Grove (1989)to prevent widening the street, general tree ordinance, opposing most hillside development, property setbacks and restricting building heights to keep Sierra Madre quaint and special within the S.G. Valley.
Lee’s greatest pride and joy was his family. Husband, father and grandfather, he was married 58 years to Barbara (Palmer) Cline, and father to Barbara Leigh Cline of Sierra Madre; Joan Elizabeth (Steve Annas), sons Shane and Drew of San Dimas; Mark Leland Cline and sons Matthew and Dylan of La Verne; Kyle Andrew Cline (Julie) and daughter Kate of Glendora. From his WWII marriage, Lee had a son Gary Zanko (Rose) of Fall Creek, WI and children Chris, Stephanie and Patti. Lee’s joys were attending his children and grandchildren sporting events, maintaining his large property(which he continued to do this past week) and keeping up with Fox TV news.A man of his word and a handshake you could trust. He loved his family, and he loved his country!We miss you, we were blessed to have you and you will forever remain in our hearts.Services this Saturday (8/11) at 11 am at 2607 Santa Anita Ave, Arcadia w/Rev Dr. Jolene Canderbach officiating w/interment immediately following at the Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery.