He was born on August 18, 1929 in Pittsburg, CA. His early years were spent in many locations due to the depression, but he eventually came to reside in Los Angeles. He became a resident of Torrance in 1956. Lee is survived by Dorothy, his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, his son Lee Jr., and his daughters Ellen Johnson, and Fredelyn Marcucci. He has 7 grandchildren; Jennifer and Ken Haley, Erik and Dan Johnson, Melissa, Robbie and Amanda Marcucci. He graduated in 1947 from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, and joined the Air Force in 1948. He was training to become a fighter pilot, but his career was cut short after an accident with his aircraft that caused his left leg to be severed. After an early retirement from the Air Force, Lee went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California. He began his teaching career in 1956 at Narbonne High School, and taught there for 33 years until his retirement. He was also a football and track coach at Narbonne. His passions were his family, swimming, sailing, reading, old movies and sports. He was also involved with the American Legion's California Boy's State program, devoting his service for 49 years. He has touched many lives throughout his career, and will be truly missed!

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  1. I want to send my prayers to the family,you father was my homeroon teacher at Narbonne High Sch 1966-68. what a Great guy he was,joking all the time and serious when need be.. I will truly miss him.God Bless.

  2. Lee & Family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you & if there is anything we can do, please let us know. Peace, Patty, Brittany & Dylan

  3. So sorry to hear about Lee, he was the greatest. My wife, Jane and I enjoyed running into Lee and his lovely wife, Dottie at the mexican restautant in Redondo Beach now and then. I enjoyed working out with Lee. There was a back machine we nicknamed the Lee Machine and we argued who was going to use it. Its a sad day for the Manual Toilers of the 40’s. God Bless Lee Haley! Tom Baker

  4. To Jennifer, Lee and the entire Haley Family: So very sorry to hear about the passing of Lee Sr. He was a very kind soul who always had a smile on his face and a nice word to say about everyone. Sorry for your loss.

  5. We are saddened to hear of Lee Haley Sr’s death. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and friends. In particular to Lee Haley Jr. whom we consider a dear friend. With love, -Fred & Diana Richards

  6. To Mr. Haley’s family: I was a student at Narbonne and graduated in 1964. I had Mr. Haley as a teacher several times. I had great memories while at Narbonne and he was one of them. We talked alot about sports. I was a three year letterman in swimming and Mr. Haley was a timer at our swim meets. He knew that I was going to basic training as soon as I graduated and he wanted to share some of his military stories. Wow… He had some interesting things to say about his flying days in Korea. Thanks, Mr. Haley. Donald E. Dinubilo Narbonne Class of 1964

  7. I remember “coach” Haley as a real inspiration during my time at Narbonne in the mid 70’s. He was always a fair and honest man and will be greatly missed.

  8. I had Mr. Haley for history when I was in the 10th grade (1987-88) and my mother had him when she went to Narbonne (c/o 67) We both liked him and he will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

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