Les MacDowell


Les was a military kid.  He graduated from Richland High School and began college at Whitworth College and went on to play basketball. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas.

He started teaching math in Lubbock Texas were he was also head girls basketball coach.  He then went to Lewiston were he was a respected and successful educator for 35 years and Lewiston Jr. and Sr. High School.  He coached track and field for 22 years in Lewiston and mentored many of his high school students throughout his years.  He is remembered for his humor in class and sayings like: “Don’t tell me how rough the water is just bring the ship in.”

It was in Lewiston where he started his officiating career.  He was an Idaho basketball official for 25 years where he worked 32 district tournaments.  He has received as award from the National Federation of Officials for Distinguished Service and was the first person nominated and inducted into the Idaho Basketball Officials District 2 Hall of Fame in 2001.  He also was a track and field state official for 28 years where he was selected to officiate at 10 state track and field meets.  He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of track and field rules. In 2009 he was nominated for the Meritorious Award from the Warrior Athletic Association of Lewis Clark State College.

Les is a respected leader and deacon in his church along with being a Sunday School Teacher.  Les has been invited to speak at several commencement ceremonies in the area and has taken pride in mentoring many young basketball officials.

Les has been married to his wife Pat for over 50 years and the have two children and five grandchildren..

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