William “Les” Broomall, Jr. met his bride Janice Martin Boothe Broomall after she graduated from Baylor and began teaching school in Victoria, TX. Les was stationed at Foster AFB at the time. They were married on April 9, 1955, and three years later flew off to Chaumont, France, with their two young children. Les had been assigned to the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, Chaumont AB, France flying the F-100. Their family grew to 5 and the family moved to England, Thailand, Nevada. After 30 years in the USAF, Les and his family went to Cupertino, California for his second career at Lockheed.
In 1996, he retired from a second career with Lockheed Martin that had taken them to Sunnyvale, California. He and Jan returned to Austin to live out their golden years. He was diagnosed with cancer the following year but conquered it with an operation and radiation treatment. Travels around the country and abroad continued with visits to family, Air Force, and high school reunions.
In retirement, he continued to answer the call to service through stewardship of his church’s finances, choir, and active engagement in church activities; leadership and participation in the Quest program at UT; and stewardship of the family trust. To his family, he was and always will be teacher, leader, role model, hero, caregiver, and fix-it man. Through it all, he never stopped reading, learning, gathering and sharing data, and tinkering with technology. He had The Knack. There are so many more awards we would want to give him, but the one he would cherish most is “Most Beloved Papa”.
His beloved wife Jan passed away on April 14, 2018, 5 days after their 63 wedding anniversary, following her own three-year battle with cancer. In December he developed laryngitis, leading to a diagnosis of lung cancer in February. Treatment came too late this time, and he took his final flight, with his children at his side to see him off.