Lester L. Cain (’92)

Lester Lee Cain, Jr. passed away on January 1, 2021 after a lengthy cancer journey. He was 72. Lee, a native Houstonian, is survived by his beloved wife, Gabriela Cain, and children Alex Marban and wife Gayle, David Marban, Buckley Cain and wife Allison, Clayton Cain, Vivianne Gasca, and Krista Cain, ten grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his mother, Claudia Cain, brother Joe Cain, and sister Mary Cain Fehr and husband Dennis. He is preceded in death by his father, Lester Lee Cain, Sr. and sister-in-law, Cynthia Cain. In addition to a playful approach to life, Lee had an inquisitive mind for science, delivering a scientific paper at the University of Texas at age 14 and continuing to develop intriguing theories throughout his life. He attended Lanier Junior High School and Lamar High School in Houston. Lee graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and from Houston Baptist University with a master’s degree in Education. He enjoyed a career as an Instructional Designer for several corporate Learning & Development groups. Lee volunteered with Amigos de las Americas in 1963, 1965, and 1973. He was President of the Houston Astronomical Society and led expeditions to Peru and Chile to see Halley’s comet. He also led a solar eclipse expedition to Mexico in Baja California, in cooperation with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Lee designed and built several large-scale binoculars to observe comets and galaxies. Lee was filled with fun and adventure throughout life with many hobbies, including flying radio control airplanes. He was president of the Bayou City Flyers Radio Control Flying Club in the late 1990s and was nominated for that office again in 2020. Lee is remembered as a very kind person who always maintained a positive attitude and a sense of humor. His funny “Lee-isms” will live on. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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