He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda, and his three sons, Tony of Lascassas, Steve (wife Sarah) of Murfreesboro, TN and Chris of Brentwood, TN. He was the proud Pa Pa of two grandchildren, Elijah (5) and Emma (2). His mother, Thelma Hoyt, and sister, Susan Laughlin Kisinger (husband Bill), reside in West Lafayette.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Laughlin (Linton), his adoptive father, Jess Hoyt (West Lafayette), and his grandparents Roy and Audra Laughlin and Albert and Nancy Thomas, all of Linton.
Les was born on March 8, 1950 in Linton.
He attended Linton-Stockton Elementary through 6th grade. Les played Little League Baseball, and was a Boy Scout, and paper boy. He loved fishing with his dad and working on his grandfather and uncles farms in the summer. In 1962 his family moved to West Lafayette. There he was a letterman for both the track and swim teams before graduating West Lafayette High School in 1968. He was employed throughout high school at Saint Elizabeth Hospital as a nurses' aid. He attended Purdue University and graduated from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. He was a member of the Elmwood Avenue Church of Christ.
Les proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1970-1979. During the Vietnam War, he was stationed at the Oakland Naval Hospital and later transferred to Portsmouth, Va. During those years he won the 5th Naval District Diving Championship.
Les and his family moved to Murfreesboro in 1979 where he was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital. As an entrepreneur and member of the Chamber of Commerce, Les co-founded Total Life Concepts, Inc., which opened the first adult day care center in the State of Tennessee, the Respite Center of Murfreesboro. In 1994, he acquired his Real Estate License and worked for the Tarpley and Folk-Jordan Realty companies.
As a member of the Murfreesboro Soccer Association, Les was involved in building the first soccer complex in Murfreesboro. Through the years, he served as a sponsor, coach, and referee for several youth soccer teams. He was also a supporter and actor for the Murfreesboro Little Theatre.
During his retirement, Les became politically active. He worked vigorously to prevent an income tax from being enacted in Tennessee, and represented his state as an elected Delegate to the Libertarian National Convention in 2004. Les spent his latter years playing Santa for his grandchildren and exploring his hobbies of golf, genealogy, and archeology.
Also surviving are aunts and uncles Dexter Laughlin (Liz), Thornton Thomas (Olga), Houston Thomas (Betty), Justin Thomas all of Linton, Mary Kelley of Tallahassee FL and Sue Jones of Clarksville TN. Les also has many cousins and extended family living in Linton and Greene County. He touched the hearts of friends, family, and co-workers and will be sadly missed.
Celebration of his life will be 4 p.m. Monday, April 4. Rev. Jeremy Squires will officiate. Columbarium Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro, TN.