Lee Perrigo

“We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Lee during his 66 years, among them: When your trash can is full Terry’s Quick Stop always has room. You (or a loved one) can always use another North Face item when it is on clearance with an additional 40 percent off. Let a dog (or two or three) share your bed. Give up your coat or meal to a homeless person. Your kids are your life.”

Lee Perrigo was a 66·year-old Montanan who entered eternal life on Sunday, February 11, 2018. His spirit is carried on by his wife Debra Perrigo, five children: Jeff Perrigo, Josh ( Lauryn) Perrigo, Jeneille (Josh) Branen, Lisa (Willy) Tate, John (Laura) Perrigo; 12 grandchildren Cole, Caryn, Loch, Logan, Josie, Julia, Addison, Graesyn, Finley, Jack, Tristen and Berick; and two great grandchildren Gabriel and Gracie.

Lee instilled fundamental values in his children, such as the love for the outdoors and athletics, compassion for those in need, and most importantly, being your best in areas you can make a difference. His children have embraced these qualities and have carried them on with them.

The love for the outdoors first began when Lee and his wife endured a 39-day mountaineering survival expedition for their honeymoon in 1972. As a father, he would take his kids camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Lee loved all athletics, and discovered he was part of something bigger than himself, as he was part of the Locomotives basketball championship in the last year of the notorious Big 32. This provided a foundation for his passion of being a part of team and pushing yourself to be better than you are today. This passion ultimately led him to be a coach for his sons. He coached and attended all the sporting events in which his sons and daughters thrived. He was so proud to attend his son’s college football games and would travel across the country for these events.

In his later years, Lee shared a love for animals in which he became known as running an “animal shelter” for any of his family’s pets that would be better off with him out at “the farm.” This is one example of many of the tremendous loving acts he showed for his kids. He would truly do anything for those he loved and/or those in need. A case in point, Lee once stripped off his coat, belt and shoes for a homeless person he had just met. These lessons are valued, not forgotten and are deeply instilled in his children.

Lee is reunited with his father John Warren Perrigo, whom he hasn’t seen since he was 12; his brother Scott Perrigo; and his mother, Barbara Perrigo, where their first order of business will be to have a cigarette together and coffee at Esther’s. Lee remained true to his core values until the end, which was to spend all his time with those he loved the most. His last wishes were to be buried with just his family present.

The family would like to thank all of those that could embrace the man and laugh with the boy through Lee’s 66 years. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send donations to the following organizations important to Lee: Help fur Homeless Pets http://www.helpforhomelesspets.org/memorials.html or Palouse Prairie Charter School (where many of his grandchildren attend): http://www.palouseprairieschool.org/ Donations to Palouse Prairie Charter School will be used to purchase a bench and plaque dedicated in Lee’s honor. State in memory of Lee Perrigo in the special instructions to the organization.

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