April 27, 1954 ~ March 22, 2020

Born in: Evanston, IL
Resided in: Denver, CO

Les Martin of Denver, Colorado, joined her parents in heaven on March 22, 2020, after having been diagnosed with lung cancer only a few weeks prior. She was 65 years young, living a very active and social life with her many close friends and acquaintances. Les never met a stranger, and becoming her friend was a lifetime sentence in which distance was never a barrier. She welcomed visits from family, friends, and their guests with open arms making sure everyone felt at home.

She was born in Evanston, IL, on April 27, 1954, daughter to Gene and Fran Keys. After a rambunctious childhood, Les attended Regis College in Denver and fell in love with the area. She graduated with a business degree and began working at Land Title Guarantee in 1980 as an Escrow Closing Manager. During her career, she became an expert in title insurance, making her the go-to resource for both Land Title staff and customers. Les provided technical support to all closing offices, including training, analyzing potential problems/risks, understanding closing trends, and working with operation/support managers to identify ways to improve efficiency and systems. She truly enjoyed helping and training others, helping close the most complex real estate transactions, and representing Land Title at real estate community events and training classes. She worked with Land Title for nearly 40 years before retiring from her role of Corporate Closing Technical Manager in 2017 to pursue new adventures. Her long career at Land Title gained her many friends and, through various work functions, introduced her to her loving husband, Larry.

Les enjoyed her “old lady” classes at the gym and group tap dance lessons. She cherished walks around the neighborhood with her family and participated in the Annual Alzheimer’s Walk honoring her parents.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her snaggle-toothed dog-daughter, Garbo.

She leaves the love of her life, Larry Martin, and their only dog-son, Bonz. Les is survived by her four sisters: Kevin Gushman (Pat), Deborah Lakin (Doug), Stephanie Keys, and Bucky Ramsey (Mark). She was also deeply loved by her cousin (Paige Proctor), two nieces (Andrea Gass, Zoe Chaves), five nephews (Chris Gushman, Kurt Gushman, Dan Gushman, Mitch Ramsey, Evan Hughes), and their families as well as her Grand Friends (Tessa Pallan, Maya Pallan) and self-declared sisters (Mary Pat O’Brien, Mary Hulbert Redding).

Later this year, we will celebrate her life – Les always loved a good party! The funeral home has developed a memorial page for loved ones to share stories and words of support to the family. Should friends desire, please direct donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Lung Association, or the Denver Dumb Friends League.

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  1. Les was the best person I know. She was warm, friendly, loving, all-inclusive and was forever opening her home for welcoming her co-workers and friends whenever there was an excuse for a party. Her back yard was a haven for these events. I’m in a state of shock and very sad. Larry I have no words except I’m so sorry.

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  2. Larry, my heart aches for you and all of us. I loved Les and always enjoyed visiting with her. She was my go to person at Land. Loved walking with her at the Alzheimer’s walks. Blessings and hugs to you.
    Maggie Weakley

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  3. If there is a heaven I like to think of my sister Mary Ryan-Reinking handing Les a big margarita as she walks through the Pearly Gates, a Carol King album playing out of spite in the background. Dear Larry, small comfort, but while our most dear ones may have gone on ahead the love you share is here forever. I really believe this. All my best, Tommy Ryan

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  4. I have so many fun memories of our dear Les. She always thought of others and brought smiles to all around her. This is such a huge loss! When the stars are out at night, one of those stars is Les, twinkling back at us.

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  5. Leslie was a true light that warmed any space she was in with her wit, love and genuine warmth. She could make me laugh until the tears rolled and listened closely to what you were really trying to say. What a gift.

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  6. So sad to hear of her passing. Les was a phenomenal person who welcomed everyone with open arms. The world lost a good one!

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  7. Dear Les…. you are gone too soon… my heart is broken …. you were so very much part of my life growing up. When you see her, give my sister my love.

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  8. Beautifully written! I had the honor of meeting Les a few years ago when she came to visit her sister Stephanie. Watching the two of them together was a delight. Sending love and light to all who know her and miss her!

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  9. Best memory of Cousin Les (and Larry) was sitting on the patio here in Phoenix when they were in town for an event. We had dinner … with Garbo grinning the whole time. Although I didn’t get to see her often, Les was always a joy to be with!

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  10. I am so sad to hear about Les. Neil and I knew her for many of her 40 years with Land Title and always appreciated her smile, professionalism and support of clients. May you have many wonderful memories to hold you up when you need her most.

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  11. I am deeply saddened by this. It’s hard to talk about Les in the past tense, but here I am doing it. She was a family to me. A genuinely kind and compassionate person. She loved life and everyone around her. I am grateful to be one of the people she knew and kept in contact with. I
    love you Les and will miss you dearly ❤️

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  12. I met Les at the Carla Madison Rec Center. She was always so warm, welcoming and fun to be around. We will surely miss her in our Silver Sneakers Classes.

    I am truly sorry for your loss.

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  13. I am so sad to lose you Les Martin. You were the one that gave me a shot at a job and through out the years your love and support shaped my life. Your sense of humor always cracked me up and a heart of gold. I am convinced you were an angel in my life and now you are among them. My grandmother will be there in heaven to give you a hug.

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  14. A lovely tribute of love. Thank you. I will plant a Salvia in my garden and call her Les for the hummingbirds to visit in her memory.

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  15. Quite simply Les Keys was the most knowledgeable title person I ever met during my 39 years in the real estate. She always had a solution as to how to close the deal the “proper” way. May she rest in peace.

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  16. I am deeply saddened to hear of Les’ passing. She had such a positive impact on so many lives.

    I’m so happy to have had her as a part of my life for so many years. We saw each other recently and shared some stories that made us both laugh. She could bring me to tears with her humor and she had a unique way of finding positive outcomes in tough situations.

    She will always be a cherished friend and live long in my memory. Les was the best.

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  17. Les was a great person and friend. I didn’t see her often but loved the times over the years after college that we were able to get together in Denver or Chicago. I’ve been thinking of all the memories and they all make me smile. She gave me my nickname! Larry, my heart goes out to you.
    Munch

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