The Honorable David R. Leslie, 91, of Golden Valley, a former Dassel attorney, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Funeral services will take place Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane, Plymouth, followed by interment at Sunset Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, and will continue Monday, Jan. 18 at the church, one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements are being handled by the Sunset Funeral Home. Memorial preferences include Church of the Epiphany; and PACER Center.
Born David Leuchovius, Leslie was the son of David G. and Ruth (Good) Leuchovius, and the loving husband of Corinne Shiell Leslie.
After serving in the military in World War II, Leslie graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School (1950). He began his legal career in private practice in Dassel, where he held the offices of village clerk, justice of the peace, and village attorney.
He joined the staff of Minnesota Attorney General Miles Lord in 1957, and continued serving as an assistant attorney general under Attorney General Walter Mondale until 1963. In this role, he was assigned to the department of administration, state college board, the adjutant general, the civil service department, and the University of Minnesota assignments that, according to Kathleen A. Blatz, former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, “probably command the attention and devotion of enough lawyers to fill the offices of one of our largest Twin Cities law firms today.”
Leslie found his calling early in life, first announcing his plans to become a judge at the age of 5. He served on the bench a total of 39 years, finally retiring at age 78.
He was appointed to the municipal court bench by Governor Karl Rolvaag in 1963, to the district court of Hennepin County by Governor Wendell Anderson in 1971; and to a newly established Minnesota Court of Appeals in 1984, by Governor Rudy Perpich.
After retiring from the appellate court in 1987, Leslie continued working part time in the court of appeals, tax court, and trial court in the seventh and 10th districts, as well as serving on a special appeals court panel until 2002. It was work that he truly loved.
Leslie’s parents; his sisters Svea May, Irma Harvath, Ingrid Klanderud, Elizabeth Rylander, June Edlund and Lillian Fitzer; and a son, Jonathan Leslie, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Corinne; sons David (Michele), Karl (Mary), and James (Julie); daughters Deborah Leuchovius (James Poole), Karin Leslie Leuchovius, and Jane (Kirk) Fox; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.