Lester Clyde Hirst, 72, of Riggins, Idaho died July 19, 2018 while working at the Riggins City Park on his dream stage.
Clyde was born April 20, 1946 in Placerville, Calif., where he lived until moving to Riggins in 1993. He and Mary Lou were married in 2002 in Athol, Idaho and made their home in Riggins.
Clyde served in the United States Army as a door gunner during the Viet Nam War receiving the Air Medal ”V” Device and Military Merit Medal Award for Heroism while participating in Aerial Flight, 1968. He later joined the American Legion, Post #130 in Riggins, where he served in local ceremonies and was honored with a Quilt of Valor in 2013 from the Pinehurst Quilters.
Clyde’s endeavors included work with ABC’s Romper Room in Washington, D.C., touring across the United States with the CGA-Celebrity Golf Association Tournaments, and as a contractor both in Placerville, Calif. and Riggins.
Clyde caught the stage bug when he auditioned for Russ Anderson in Dark Seeds at Swan’s Place, Melodrama, 1999 with other plays to follow.
Then along came Hot Summer Nights 2009 and the Canyon Camillions where Clyde took on many faces, from Cher to ZZ Top and many others in between. His “acting” career led to his dream of a grand stage for the Riggins City Park. Due to Clyde’s efforts and all his beloved volunteers, the stage is in process of being completed. Clyde’s dream will live on for so many to perform on stage in style in Riggins.
Come celebrate the love and life of Lester “Clyde” Hirst, Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 at 4:00p.m. in the Idaho Banana Co. Orchard, Riggins.
Please bring a chair, stories and your beautiful memories of our Clyde!
Memorial contributions may be sent to Riggins City Park Stage c/o City Hall PO Box 249, Riggins, ID 83549.
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