Terrance "Terry" Marcio Lee
Date of birth: May 8 1938
Date of death: August 4 2019
Terry passed away Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2019, in the presence of his sons in McMinnville, Oregon. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Genevieve (Marcio) and Raymond Lee and grew up there, one of five brothers and sisters. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe in the late 1950s and after his honorable discharge, he moved to Southern California. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and attended Cal State University, Northridge where he received a bachelor’s degree of science in Geography.
Terry worked for many years as a bartender. He loved to tell stories of meeting (and drinking with) celebrities at The Carriage Inn in North Hollywood. Terry also worked for 25 years as a real estate agent in Southern California, eventually owning a real restate office in Simi Valley, California.
Terry lived for many years in the Santa Clarita Valley, but also in San Diego, Morongo Valley, Hawaii and most recently Oregon. He made friends everywhere he went. Terry loved being near the ocean, outdoor adventure (hang gliding, skydiving (once!), and bungee jumping), golf, country music, talking real estate, and visiting his brother Dennis and family back home in Minnesota and his sister Patty and family in Central California.
While working at Union Pacific, he met Veronica Lockitt. They married in 1964 and raised their family in the Santa Clarita Valley. Although they were divorced, Terry and Veronica remained good friends until her passing.
Terry is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law Steven and Shannon Lee of Sacramento, California, Adam and Sarah Lee of Spring, Texas, and Ryan and Sharon Lee of Portland, Oregon. He is survived by five grandchildren – Owen, Justin, Maya, Sawyer and Cooper. In addition, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Diane Lee of Andover, Minnesota; and his sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Chas Groves of Cambria, California; brother Chris Fjeld of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Alan Lee.
Although dementia was not always kind to him in his later years, his quick wit and outgoing personality was still there until the end. He will be missed greatly.
Terry will be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Southern California.
14 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Sharon Lee A wonderful father-in-law and grandpa. A joy to spend time with, you will be missed. We love you Grandpa Terry
Candle lit by Jennifer Lee I miss you Uncle Terry. But I know that you are in good hands. Your spirit is light and free. Thank you for bringing so much lightness to our lives through your humor and willingness to just have fun, no matter what we were doing! Cheers Uncle!! Xo✨☀️
Candle lit by Adrianne Lenker I love you Terry, may your spirit fly free and wild and may you be felt alive in and throughout all of the many hearts who love you. I was only little during most of the time we spent together, but I remember your humor and the joy your brought my family and particularly my grandpa Dennis. I am grateful for your life and am sending prayer and love for your continued journey into the great mystery.
Candle lit by Alan & Regina Osofsky We had the pleasure of meeting Terry. Sorry for your loss.
Candle lit by Dennis and Diane Lee Thank you, dear brother, for all the fun and laughter over the years. You meant so much to our branch of the Lee family - to Jennifer, Matthew and Adam and even their kids. We had so many big adventures together- flying the paraplane, Para sailing,waterskiing, cross country skiing, hiking and even eating White Castles. Your mere presence brought joy to our family. You will be greatly missed but always in our hearts. I love you brother. Rest In Peace until we meet again. Denny and Diane
Candle lit by Peter and Elaine McGillivray We have heard many fun stories over the years about brother Terry from Diane and Dennis. We send love and condolences.
Candle lit by Mark Lee Rest in Peace Uncle Terry and say hi to my mom and dad for me! Thanks for the laughter and kind smile!!!
Candle lit by Osofsky Aguirre Family
Candle lit by Kenny Lee Dear Uncle Terry I don’t know if you knew you were my favorite uncle but you were I will never forget the time my dad let me skip school to go sell strawberries with you it was hellish and embarrassing but super memorable and then we ate KFC and bought a whole package of cookies and he gave me five dollars and I thought damn you’re cheap ! Rest in peace Uncle Terry say hi to all the rest of our family that’s up there!!! Love you, Kenny
Candle lit by Diana Williams A dear brother-in-law who brought many a laugh to our house on your visits ......and watch an energetic Santa stride down Lyndene Road to the delight of the children. Terry you are loved and will be missed. the delight of children.....Terry.....you are loved and will be missed.
Candle lit by Ryan It’s still hard to believe this is real. What else can I say but I love you and I miss you.
Candle lit by Matthew Lee Uncle Terry's visits meant hilarity and unpredictable possibilities were heading our way. As a kid, I noticed he'd engage whoever possible with something like "Hey, look at that, what do you think?!" From my view as a nephew, Terry seemed to live life like enjoying a carnival:) Love to you guys - Ryan, Adam and Steven - so many good laughs continue to be, thanks to Terry.
Candle lit by Patty Iverson Sachs Terrance Marcio was my first love...in the 4th grade. We remained boy/girl friend over the years--always liking and enjoying each other's company. Our friends/ gang hung together all through school even Terry changed schools and neighborhoods in his Senior year, I think. Went to a couple proms/senior date dances and loads of movies and boy/girl dancing parties...in someone's paneled basement rec room. Always laughing until we almost got sick. So many memories with Terry and his family...His sister was Patty and I had a brother Terry...that was so cool. Then somehow he went into the military for a couple of years...we weren't together but we wrote. By the time he got home our romance had become friends forever. He moved to California and married and had his three sons. On his return to Minneapolis, we would always get the gang together. For decades folks asked me how he was and was I still going with him?. I had been married and divorced by then. I last saw Terry in the fall of 2017, he had begun to be struggling with his health, still very sweet and interested---and funny. I loved it when he told me that he sang with the choir at his residence...and burst into "I met my little bright eyed doll...down by the riverside." He had a good voice and was right on key. So glad he had that joy. I had a bad year for loss...in 2017 I lost my last and forever love...my ex. Then these years later, I lost my first love. A huge part of my life, I was lucky to have three boyfriends...I married two of them and there was Terry. I am so sorry for Terry's family as they will miss him and his cheery ways. I did write a little song with custom words for their Dad and sang it at his birthday party. I felt very close to the Lee gang, they were a group of special folks...Ahhhh, Terry, please look for my Mom, Elsie up there...I bet she is singing with the choir. Or having a beer with my Dad, Art. Fondly, Patty